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Latin America and Caribbean Centre

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Latin America and Caribbean Centre
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)207 955 6770

Email LACC@lse.ac.uk


Opened in January 2016 to serve as a focal point for the LSE’s research and public engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean, the Centre builds upon the School’s long and important relationship with the region. 


'Unhappy Anniversary (?):  25 years after El Salvador's Peace Accords'. 

Thursday 9th February 2017, 6:30pm.  LSE, Clement's Inn, Tower 2 (entrance via Tower 1), 9th floor, room 9.05 Public event, no registration required.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the accord, the LSE SU Latin American Society and LACC will host a Public Lecture about the agreement, its problems and limitations, the implications of the declaration of unconstitutionality of the amnesty, and the current situation of the country. More information here


The Latin America and Caribbean Centre holds reception for the LSE Colombia Alumni Association and launches The Observatory on the Colombia Peace Process.

The Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC) hosted a reception for the LSE Alumni Association in Colombia on December 14th. The event was attended by over 60 alumni at the Residence of the British Embassy and was jointly opened by Her Majesty’s Ambassador Peter Tibber and Professor Gareth A Jones, Centre Director. The reception followed the launch of the LSE-Universidad de los Andes Observatory on the Colombia Peace Process. The Observatory’s first conference brought together LSE faculty, Kirsten Ainley, Jean-Paul Faguet, Alvaro Mendez and Francisco Panizza plus 70 participants from universities, civil society, development agencies and the private sector, as well as The High Commissioner for Peace and representatives of the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. More information here


Kirsten Sehnbruch

Seminar: Kirsten Sehnbruch presents ‘Informal Institutions and Multi-level Politics: Understanding Institutional Change in Chile’

Thursday 9th February 2017, 2pm.  LSE, Clement's Inn, Tower 2 (entrance via Tower 1), 9th floor, room 9.05 Public event, registration required, please click here to register

Kirsten Sehnbruch is the Director of the Public Policy Institute at the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile.


This paper makes several contributions to the existing literature on informal institutions in Latin America, using the case of Chile as an example: based on the theoretical framework laid out by Helmke and Levitsky on informal institutions in Latin America, we extend the list of commonly analyzed informal institutions relevant to the Chilean case to include mechanisms that have not been considered from these perspectives before, such as campaign finance arrangements or clientelism. Second, we examine the dynamic nature of these informal institutions and discuss which factors change them over time. Third, we extend this list of informal institutions that are generally analyzed at the macro level to the meso and micro level by considering how these institutions shape local politics. Our research reveals that informal institutions together with an extended use of clientelist politics shape politics and policies at the local level, and have similarly helped grease the wheels of post-authoritarian politics in Chile.  

More information here


Public event: Federico M. Rossi book talk

Tuesday 24 January 2017, 6pm.  LSE, Clement's Inn, Tower 2 (entrance Tower 1), 9th Floor, Room 9.05.  No registration required.  Places are limited and seats will be allocated on arrival.

The Poor’s Struggle for Political Incorporation: The Piquetero Movement in Argentina (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

The book proposes an explanation for the process of transformation behind the Latin American ´left turn´: The second wave of incorporation of the popular sectors. It looks at the central role of the main movement, the unemployed workers piqueteros, struggling for socio-political reincorporation in Argentina

Federico is a Research-Professor of CONICET at the School of Politics and Government of the National University of San Martín.

More information here


The Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC) supports the research of faculty from nearly every department across the School whose research is principally focussed on or relevant to the region.

Research expertise covers themes on which Latin America and the Caribbean has been at the forefront of the social sciences and humanities such as democratisation, citizenship and human rights, decentralisation and governance, violence, inequality and inclusionary initiatives for women, indigenous groups and youth.

LSE research offers distinctive insights to state-building, nationalism and economic policy during the nineteenth century, and to the understanding of revolutionary movements, authoritarianism and Cold War geopolitics during the twentieth. Faculty have provided leading-edge research on economic liberalisation, innovation and property rights, fiscal reform, new financial instruments, risk assessments and regulation, as well as drug policies, urban planning and design, and the effects of climate change.

More information about LACC here.