Deborah A. Bräutigam is an associate professor at American University’s School of International Service, Washington, DC. She has been a visiting fellow at the University of Mauritius, the University of Liberia, Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone, and the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway. She is coeditor of Capacity and Consent: Taxation and State-Building in Developing Countries (forthcoming 2008), Chinese Aid and African Development (1998), and many articles and book chapters on foreign aid and the political economy of development.
Sarah M. Brooks is an assistant professor of political science at Ohio State University. Her research focuses on the relationship between state and market in the organization of social and economic relations, risk protection, and income security in Latin America. Her book Social Protection and the Market: The Transformation of Social Security Institutions in Latin America is forthcoming. She has also published in World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Politics, and the American Journal of Political Science.
Juan Pablo Luna is an assistant professor at the Instituto de Ciencia Política of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His current research focuses on the quality of political representation in Latin America, with a special emphasis on the configuration of programmatic and nonprogrammatic party-voter linkages. His works have been published in the Revista Uruguaya de Ciencia Política, Revista de Ciencia Política (Chile), Comparative Political Studies, Política y Gobierno (Mexico), and edited volumes in Uruguay and Chile.
Marcus André Melo is a professor of political science at the Federal University of Pernambuco. He is the author of Reformas constitucionais no Brasil: instituições politicas e processo decisório (2002) and articles in scholarly journals, including Political Research Quarterly and International Political Science Review. He wrote the chapters “When Institutions Matter: A Comparison of the Politics of Social Security, Administrative, and Tax Reforms,” in Reinventing Leviathan: The Politics of Administrative Reform in Developing Countries, ed. Ben Ross Schneider (2003); “Brazil” (with Bernardo Mueller and Carlos Pereira), in Political Institutions, Policy-Making Processes, and Economic Policy, ed. Mariano Tommasi and Ernesto Stein (2007); and “Social Policy from Cardoso to [End Page iii] Lula,” in Democratic Brazil Revisited, ed. Timothy J. Power and Peter J. Kingstone (forthcoming).
Michael Penfold-Becerra is an associate professor at the Advanced Institute for Administrative Studies (IESA) in Caracas. His research interests center on public policy and political economy in Latin America. He was executive director of the Venezuelan Investment Council (CONAPRI) from 1999 to 2003, collaborating in an advisory role and monitoring the country’s investment climate. In 2005, he was Tinker Professor at Columbia University School for International and Public Affairs. His most recent publications include Venezuela: Crowding Out the Opposition (2007) and Costo Venezuela (2002).
Monique Segarra is a visiting assistant professor at the Bard College Center for Environmental Policy. She has been a visiting scholar at the American University School of International Service. She was a co-editor of The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America: Rethinking Participation and Representation (1997) and has written articles and book chapters on multilateral aid and policy reform in the developing world. She is currently working on a book on the World Bank and environmental politics in Ecuador.
Rose J. Spalding is a professor of political science at DePaul University. Her research focuses on the intersection of political economy, democratic governance, and social movements in Mexico and Central America. She is currently writing a book on CAFTA politics. Her recent publications include “Neoliberal Regionalism and Resistance in Mesoamerica,” in Latin American Social Movements: Globalizing Resistance, edited by Richard Stahler-Sholk, Glen Kuecker, and Harry Vanden (forthcoming); and “Poverty Politics in Nicaragua,” in The Sandinistas and Nicaraguan Politics Since 1979, edited by David Close and Salvador Martí (forthcoming).