Josep M. Colomer is a research professor in political science at CIDE, Mexico City. He has been a professor and researcher at several universities in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. He is the author of more than 50 academic articles and a dozen books, including Political Institutions: Democracy and Social Choice (2nd edition, 2003), Political Institutions in Europe (editor, 2nd edition, 2002), Strategic Transitions (2000), and Game Theory and the Transition to Democracy: The Spanish Model (1995).
Barry Eichengreen is the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. His most recent book is Capital Flows and Crises (2003)
Andreas E. Feldmann is a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Chicago’s Human Rights Program and a special consultant on migration affairs to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. His research specializes in international relations with a focus on political violence and population uprooting in Latin America. His current work concentrates on the link between violence, human rights, and migration in the Americas.
Susan Minushkin is a research professor of international studies at CIDE. She earned the Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University and has written articles for the Journal of Latin American Studies, Política y Gobierno, and International Studies Quarterly. Her research and writing focus on the politics of finance and international capital flows in emerging markets and the Mexican financial system.
Maiju Perälä is a research associate at the United Nations University/World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER). Her research specializes in economic development and growth across countries, with a specific focus on Latin American economies. Current projects include an empirical reexamination of development economics insights, an investigation of the influence of natural resource endowment type on economic development and growth, and an analysis of the origins of early development theory. [End Page iii]
Thomas E. Skidmore is the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Professor of Modern Latin American History Emeritus and former director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Brown University, where he is also a member of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. A former president of the Latin American Studies Association, his teaching and research interests include modern Brazilian history, modern Latin America, and biography in history. His four major books on Brazil have been published in both English and Portuguese. The Brazilian edition of Politics in Brazil (Brasil: de Getúlio a Castello) is in its eleventh printing there.
J. Samuel Valenzuela is a professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame. His research has centered on the origins and development of Chilean democracy and its party system since the nineteenth century, the formation of labor movements and their connections to politics in Europe and the Americas, and problems of transitions to democracy from recent authoritarian rule. He has also written on comparative methodology and development theory. His most recent publication related to his contribution to this issue of LAPS is “Class Relations and Democratization: A Reassessment of Barrington Moore’s Model,” in The Other Mirror: Grand Theory Through the Lens of Latin America, ed. Miguel Angel Centeno and Fernando López-Alves (2001).
Brian Wampler is an assistant professor of political science at Boise State University and the recipient of a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship to conduct a broad comparative study of Brazilian participatory institutions. He has written articles and book chapters on this topic and on civil society.