Manuel Balán
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Director of the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University

Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University

My research is in the field of comparative politics. It covers the issues of corruption and development, on political competition, on the relationship between the media and politics, anti-corruption and transparency policies as well as on democracy and the rule of law.

My recent work shows that corruption scandals are politically motivated, that the judicial prosecution of corruption isn’t always an effective anti-corruption tool, that media polarization has increased in Latin America and that it depends on the dynamics of media ownership, and that the legacies of the Left Turn in Latin America resist easy interpretations as being either positive or negative.

My current research focuses on the following three themes
Corruption and anti-corruption policies in Latin America
Media polarization in Latin America
The judicialization of politics

Recent research projects
Corruption Prosecutions of Former Executives in Latin America
Media and Partisan Polarization in the Americas
Corruption under Left Turn Governments in Latin America

Recent publications
Balan, Manuel. Today’s Allies, Tomorrow’s Enemies? The Political Dynamics of Corruption Scandals in Latin America. Forthcoming 2020, University of Notre Dame Press.

Balan, Manuel. What’s Left? The Promise and Reality of Inclusive Citizenship in Latin America. (edited with Françoise Montambeault). 2019. University of Notre Dame Press.