Scholarship on sustainable development politics, agricultural biodiversity, human rights, NAFTA, environmental peacebuilding, water governance, public health, aid effectiveness, transparency and accountability, democratization, immigrant and youth civic engagement, guerilla and paramilitary violence, subnational institutions, the war on drugs, emerging markets, and finance reflects the vast reach of SIS faculty within the Americas. Their research in the region transcends disciplinary boundaries and has salient impact on present-day challenges in the region.
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Sustainable development politics in the Brazilian Amazon
The link between environmental policy, agriculture and human rights
Urban politics and development issues
Crossroads of Development: Conservation, Human Rights, and Infrastructure in the Brazilian Amazon (book manuscript, submission anticipated January 2015).
“Ticket to Ride: Public Transportation Access and Livelihoods in Bogotá, Colombia.” (with Katarina Brunette, submission to Urban Geography, June, 2014).
“Overdevelopment: Development and the Problem of Limits.” (submission anticipated September 2014 to Development and Change).
Congress & foreign policy
Presidential decision-making on foreign policy
A Contemporary Cuba Reader: Reinventing the Revolution, co-edited with Marguerite Rose Jiménez, John Kirk, and William LeoGrande. Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.
Sad and Luminous Days: Cuba's Struggle with the Superpowers after the Missile Crisis. Rowman and Littlefield, 2002.
"The House Divided: Ideological Polarization over Aid to the Nicaraguan 'Contras'," Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Feb., 1993) , pp. 105-136.
Corporate social responsibility and accountability
Environmentally and socially responsible trade and investment
"It's the New Economy, Stupid," with John Cavanagh, The Nation 295, no. 25. (17 December 2012).
"The Development and Agriculture Paradigms Transformed: Reflections from the Small-Scale Organic Rice Fields of the Philippines," with John Cavanagh, Journal of Peasant Studies, 39, no. 5, pp. 1181-1193 (30 October 2012).
Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match, with John Cavanagh. Boulder, CO.: Paradigm Publishers, 2009.
Environmental politics and policy in the United Nations system
Environmental policy analysis
Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko, eds., Green Planet Blues: Critical Readings in Global Environmental Politics (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2014). Fifth edition of teaching anthology; previous editions 2010, 2004, 1998, 1995.
Environmental Human Rights,” in Peter Dauvergne, editor, Handbook of Global Environmental Politics (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2012).
Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Ken Conca, Annika Kramer, Josefina Maestu, and Falk Schmidt, “Missing Links in Global Water Governance: A Processes-Oriented Analysis,” Ecology and Society vol. 18 no. 2 (June 2013), article 33 (10 pp).
Health inequalities, particularly cross-cultural communication and health promotion
How ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and migration status interact to affect health outcomes
Importance of cross-cultural communication and relationship building in the work of community health workers
“Perspectives on quality mental health care from Brazilian and Cape Verdean outpatients: Implications for effective patient-centered policies and models of care” With Tara R. Earl, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being, January 2014.
“Predicting Health Care Utilization Among Latinos: Health Locus of Control Beliefs or Access Factors?” With Chenyang Xiao, Health Education & Behavior, April 2014.
“The impact of mass media health communication on health decision-making and medical advice-seeking behavior of U.S. Hispanic population.” Health Communication, 2013.
"Elusive Accountabilities in the HIV Scale-up: ‘Ownership’ as a Functional Tautology," Global Public Health 9(1-2), pp. 43-56, 2014.
"Tracing Poverty and Inequality in International Development Discourses: An Algorithmic and Visual Analysis of Agencies’ Annual Reports and Occasional White Papers, 1978-2010" (with B. J. Williams), Journal of Social Policy 43(1), pp. 173-200, 2014.
"The Political Economy of Post-Invasion Kabul, Afghanistan: Urban Restructuring Beyond the North-South Divide," Urban Studies 50(15), pp. 3084-3098, 2013.
Co-editor, Oaxacalifornian Reporting Team, Voices of Indigenous Oaxacan Youth in the Central Valley: Creating Our Sense of Belonging in California, UC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California, 2013.
"State Power and Clientelism: Eight Propositions for Discussion,” in Tina Hilgers, ed., Clientelism in Everyday Latin American Politics, Palgrave, 2012.
Co-author, “Proporcionar transparencia ¿Hasta qué punto responde el gobierno mexicano a las solicitudes de información pública?” Gestión y política pública, 20(1), 2011.
Subnational undemocratic regimes in Argentina and Mexico
State territorial reach
Democrats and Autocrats: Pathways of Subnational Undemocratic Regime Continuity within Democratic Countries (Transformations in Governance), Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015.
“Varieties of Subnational Undemocratic Regimes: Evidence from Argentina and Mexico.” Studies in Comparative International Development, Vol. 48, Issue 1 (2013), 51-80.
"Conceptualizing State Strength. Moving Beyond Strong and Weak States”. Revista de Ciencia Política. Vol. 32, No. 3, (2012), 599–611.
International affairs education
U.S. foreign policy
Civil-military relations in Latin America
Role of the military in the war on drugs
U.S.-Latin American relations; U.S.-Mexican relations; Inter-American relations
International business; multinational corporations
Lessons from the Venezuelan Experience. Co-edited with Johanna Mendelson Foreman, Moises Naim, Joseph Tulchin, and Gary Bland. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
Political Parties and Democracy in Central America. Co-edited with William Leogrande and Johanna Mendelson Forman. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1992.
The Military and Democracy: The Future of Civil-Military Relations in Latin America. Co-edited with Johanna S. R. Mendelson and Juan Rial. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1990, published in Spanish as Los Militares y la Democracia. Montevideo: PIETHO, 1991.
Political and social implications of geoengineering
Issues related to emerging technologies
Global Environmental Politics: From Person to Planet, Paradigm Publishers, 2014 (with Paul Wapner).
"Governance and Global Environmental Issues: Cooperation in the Twenty-first Century (2000s-present)," in Sally Fairfax and Ed Russel (eds.), The Guide to US Environmental Policy (Congressional Quarterly Press, forthcoming).
"Biotechnology and the Global Food Riots," in Guy Robinson et al. (eds.), The Globalisation of Agriculture (Edward Elgar, forthcoming).
Global public health
Paxton, Nathan A. 2012. “Political science(s) and HIV: a critical analysis”, Contemporary Politics, 18(2): 141-155.
“Virtue From Vice: Duty, Power, and The West Wing” in Deceptive Words: The Poetics and Politics of Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Fahy, ed., Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Press, 2005
“Outside Public View: Let the Games Begin!” in Making Government Work: California cases in policy, politics, and public management, Barry Keene, ed., Berkeley: IGS Press, 2000
Political economy of globalization
Human and global security
Global politics of race, culture and identity
Counter-Hegemony and Foreign Policy: The Dialectics of Marginalized and Global Forces in Jamaica, State University of New York Press, 2001.
Race and International Relations - A Special Issue of Alternatives, co-editor (with R.B.J. Walker), 2001.
"Wage Effects of Trade Reform with Endogenous Worker Mobility," Journal of International Economics, forthcoming (with P. Krishna and M. Senses), view a policy discussion at VoxEU.org from 12/7/2011. "Knowledge Transfers from Multinational to Domestic Firms: Evidence from Worker Mobility," The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2013, 95 (2), pp. 393-406.
"Trade, Labor Market Frictions, and Residual Wage Inequality across Worker Groups," American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, 2012, 102 (3), pp. 417-423 (with P. Krishna and M. Senses).
Praça, S. and Taylor, M. M. (2014), "Inching Toward Accountability: The Evolution of Brazil's Anticorruption Institutions", 1985–2010. Latin American Politics and Society, 56: 27–48.
Matthew M. Taylor (2014). "The Limits of Judicial Independence: A Model with Illustration from Venezuela under Chávez". Journal of Latin American Studies, 46, pp 229-259.
Matthew M. Taylor (2013), "The Open Question Behind Brazil’s Rise on the World Stage", International Affairs Forum, 4(1): 55-58.
Judging Policy: Courts and Policy Reform in Democratic Brazil. Stanford University Press, 2008. Recipient of the Victor Nunes Leal Prize, for best book in political science and international relations, Brazilian Political Science Association