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Agustina Giraudy Professor Politics, Governance & Economics

Agustina Giraudy
SIS | Politics, Governance & Economics
School of International Service 353
Professor Giraudy's book, Democrats and Autocrats (Oxford University Press, 2015), explores the multiple pathways towards subnational undemocratic regime continuity within democratized countries. A second, co-edited book with E. Moncada and R. Snyder, Inside Countries: Subnational Research in Comparative Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2019) assesses the theoretical and methodological contributions of subnational research to comparative politics. Prof. Giraudy's work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Politics in Latin America, Studies in Comparative International Development, Latin American Politics and Society, Latin American Research Review, Journal of Democracy (en Español), Perspectives on Politics, Regional and Federal Studies , Bulletin of Latin America Research, Revista de Ciencia Política (Chile), among others. Before joining AU, Professor Giraudy held a postdoctoral position at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, taught at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina) and Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina), and worked as a consultant for the Ford Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Anti-corruption Office (Argentina).
See Also
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For the Media
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Spring 2024

  • SISU-214 Contemporary Latin America

  • SISU-306 Adv Int'l Studies Research: Olson Scholars Seminar

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Subnational undemocratic regimes in Latin America, subnational research in comparative politics, subnational provision of public goods, territorial allocation of environmental aid 

Work In Progress

  • Scaling Up: Rethinking Measures of Democracy: Evidence from Latin America (book manuscript)
  • Who gets help? Poverty and the Territorial Allocation of Green Aid (with Isabella Alcañiz)
  • The Second Generation of Multilevel Governance Research: The Rise of a Third Layer of Governance Within and Beyond Europe (with Sara Niedzwiecki)

Selected Publications

  • “Territorial Inequality in Health Service Delivery: Lessons from Latin America’s Federations” Latin American Politics and Society (2020) (with Jennifer Pribble)
  • “Review of Campaigns and Voters in Developing Democracies: Argentina in Comparative Perspective. Edited by Noam Lupu, Virginia Oliveros, and Luis Schiumerini. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2019.” Perspectives on Politics 18 (1), 319-321 (2020).
  • “Neopatrimonial Rule and Socioeconomic Well-being in Contemporary Latin America” Latin American Politics and Society, 62 (1), 73-96 (2020) (with Jonathan Hartlyn, Claire Dunn, and Emily Carty)
  • “Rethinking Democracy and Welfare State Universalism: Lessons from Subnational Research” Regional and Federal Studies, Volume 29 (2): 135-163 (2018) (with Jennifer Pribble).
  • Inside Countries: Subnational Research in Comparative Politics. Edited volume (with Eduardo Moncada and Richard Snyder) (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
  • Democrats and Autocrats. Pathways of Subnational Undemocratic Regime Continuity Within Democratic Countries (Oxford University Press) (2015)
  • "Who wants an Independent Court? Political Competition and Supreme Court Autonomy in the Argentine Provinces (1984-2008)," The Journal of Politics, 77:1 (2015) (with Marcelo Leiras and Guadalupe Tuñón).
  • “Varieties of Subnational Undemocratic Regimes: Evidence from Argentina and Mexico.” Studies in Comparative International Development, Vol. 48, Issue 1 (2013), 51-80.


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AU Experts

Area of Expertise

Democracy and Democratic Institutions in Latin America, Democratic Backsliding, Elections, Civil Unrest, Economic Crises in Latin America

Additional Information

Agustina Giraudy is associate professor of political science at the School of International Service. She can comment on democracy and democracy backsliding, elections, political parties, civil unrest and protests, and economic crises in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico. She is the author of “Democrats and Autocrats,” “Subnational Research in Comparative Politics,” and numerous journal articles on subnational undemocratic regimes, weak states, and territorial inequalities.

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To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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