Faculty Biography

Paul Posner

Paul W. Posner, Ph.D., Chair

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508-793-7253
Email: pposner@clarku.edu


B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1984
M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1993
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1999

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Posner’s current research focuses on democratization and political participation in Latin America. In particular, he is interested in the impact of economic globalization and related state reforms on social organization and collective action in Latin America.  Current recent projects examine labor politics, the politics of social welfare resource distribution, the New Left and populism in Latin America, with specific focus on Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Venezuela.  He teaches courses on Latin American politics, U.S. – Latin American relations, comparative environmental politics, and democratic theory.

Selected Publications

Posner, Paul W., Viviana Patroni and Jean Francois Mayer. 2018. "Labor Politics in Latin America: Democracy and Worker Organization in the Neoliberal Era." Gainesville: University of Florida Press.

Posner, Paul W. 2017. “Labor Market Flexibility, Employment and Inequality: Lessons from Chile.”  New Political Economy 22(2): 237-256.

Posner, Paul W.  2016. “Laboring Under Chávez: Populism for the Twenty-first Century.” Latin American Politics and Society 58(1): 26-50.

Posner, Paul W. 2016. “Reassessing the Chávez Regime.” Panoramas, November 11. http://www.panoramas.pitt.edu/news-and-politics/reassessing-ch%C3%A1vez-regime

Posner, Paul W. 2016. “Bachelet and the Chilean Model.” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs,
July 12.  http://journal.georgetown.edu/bachelet-and-the-chilean-model/

Posner, Paul W. 2012. “Targeted Assistance and Social Capital: Housing Policy in Chile’s Neoliberal Democracy.International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 36(1): 49-70.

Posner, Paul W. 2009. “Local Democracy and the Transformation of Popular Participation in Chile,” in New Perspectives on Democracy in Latin America: Actors, Institutions and Practices, William C. Smith and Felipe Agüero, eds. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

Posner, Paul W. 2009. “Local Democracy in Chile and Brazil.”  in Participatory Schemes and Local Politics in Porto Alegre and Santiago de Chile, Patricio Silva and Herwig Cleuren, editors. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Press.

Posner, Paul W. 2008. State, Market and Democracy in Chile: The Constraint of Popular Participation. New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Posner, Paul W. 2007. “Development and Collective Action in Chile’s Neoliberal Democracy” Political Power and Social Theory, Vol. 18, pp.85-129.

Posner, Paul W. 2006. “Party-Society Linkage and the Quality of Democracy in Latin America” Democracy at Large, Vol. 2, No.3, pp.20-22.

Posner, Paul W. 2004. “Local Democracy and the Transformation of Popular Participation in Chile.” Latin American Politics and Society, Vol. 46, No. 3, pp.55-81.

Posner, Paul W. 2003. “Local Democracy and Popular Participation: Chile and Brazil in Comparative Perspective.Democratization, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp.39-67.

Posner, Paul W. 1999. “Popular Representation and Political Dissatisfaction in Chile’s New Democracy.” Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, Vol. 41, No. 1, pp.59-85.

Posner, Paul W. 1997. “Popular Representation and the Legacy of Chile’s Pacted Democratic Transition” published in the Duke-University of North Carolina Program in Latin American Studies Working Paper Series, No. 24, December.