Richard O. Snyder Professor of Political Science, Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Richard Snyder is Professor of Political Science at Brown University. He is the author of Politics after Neoliberalism: Reregulation in Mexico (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and Passion, Craft and Method in Comparative Politics (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007, with Gerardo L. Munck). He recently edited a special issue of the journal Studies in Comparative International Development on "Dependency and Development in a Globalized World" (2009, with Patrick Heller and Dietrich Rueschemeyer). Among Snyder's recent articles are "Scaling Down: The Subnational Comparative Method" in Studies in Comparative International Development (2001), "Diamonds, Blood, and Taxes: A Revenue-Centered Framework for Explaining Political Order," in Journal of Conflict Resolution (2005, with Ravi Bhavnani), "Does Lootable Wealth Breed Disorder? A Political Economy of Extraction Framework" in Comparative Political Studies (2006), "Beyond Electoral Authoritarianism: The Spectrum of Nondemocratic Regimes," in Andreas Schedler, ed. Electoral Authoritarianism: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition (2006), "Debating the Direction of Comparative Politics: An Analysis of Leading Journals" in Comparative Political Studies (2007, with Gerardo L. Munck), and "Dependency and Development in a Globalized World: Looking Back and Forward" in Studies in Comparative International Development (2009, with Patrick Heller and Dietrich Rueschemeyer). His other articles on political regimes and the political economy of development have appeared in journals such as British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Journal of Democracy, and World Politics. His current research includes a comparative study of how dependence on foreign funding affects the social sciences in Latin America.

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scholarly work

Passion, Craft, and Method in Comparative Politics (with Gerardo L. Munck) (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).

"Debating the Direction of Comparative Politics: An Analysis of Leading Journals," (with Gerardo L. Munck), Comparative Political Studies 40:1 (January 2007): 5-31.

"Who Publishes in Comparative Politics? Studying the World from the United States?" (with Gerardo L. Munck), PS: Political Science & Politics (April 2007): 339-346.

Visions of Comparative Politics: A Reply to Mahoney and Wibbles" (with Gerardo L. Munck) Comparative Political Studies, 40:1 (January 2007): 45-47.

"Beyond Electoral Authoritarianism: The Spectrum of Non-Democratic Regimes" in Andreas Schedler, ed. Electoral Authoritarianism: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006).

"Does Lootable Wealth Breed Disorder? A Political Economy of Extraction Framework," Comparative Political Studies, 39:8(October 2006): 943-968.

"Diamonds, Blood, and Taxes: A Revenue-Centered Framework for Explaining Political Order," (with Ravi Bhavnani), Journal of Conflict Resolution 49:4 (August 2005): 563-597.

"El pasado, presente y futuro de la política comparada: un simposio" (with Gerardo L. Munck) Política y Gobierno (Mexico), 12:1 (2005): 127-156.

"Creative Hypothesis Generating in Comparative Research," Qualitative Methods: Newsletter of the American Political Science Association Organized Section on Qualitative Methods (Fall 2005).

"What Has Comparative Politics Accomplished?" (with Gerardo L. Munck) APSA-CP. Newsletter of the APSA Organized Section in Comparative Politics Vol. 15, Nº 2 (Summer 2004): 26-31.

"Legislative Malapportionment in Latin America: Historical and Comparative Perspectives," (with David Samuels), in Edward L. Gibson, ed. Federalism and Democracy in Latin America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004).

"The Value of a Vote: Malapportionment in Comparative Perspective" (with David Samuels), British Journal of Political Science, 31:4 (October 2001): 651-71.[Spanish translation published in, Ernesto Calvo and Juan Manuel Abal M., eds. El Federalismo Electoral Argentino: Sobre-representación, Reforma Política y Gobierno Dividido en la Argentina (Buenos Aires: Editorial Universidad de Buenos Aires (EUDEBA), 2001).]

"Scaling Down: The Subnational Comparative Method," Studies in Comparative International Development, 36:1 (Spring 2001): 93-110.

"Devaluing the Vote in Latin America" (with David Samuels), Journal of Democracy 12 (January 2001): 146-59.

Politics after Neoliberalism: Reregulation in Mexico (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, 2001).[Paperback edition, 2006]

"Integrative Strategies for the Study of Regime Change" (with James Mahoney), in Stein Ugelvik Larsen, ed. The Challenges of Theories on Democracy (Boulder: Social Science Monographs,2000).

Strategies for Resource Management , Production, and Marketing in Rural Mexico (Guadalupe Rodríguez Gómez and Snyder, eds.) (La Jolla, CA: The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2000).

"Campesino Strategies in Mexico's New Rural Economy," in Guadalupe Rodríguez Gómez and Richard Snyder, eds. Strategies for Production, Marketing, and Resource Management in Rural Mexico (La Jolla, CA: The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2000).

"Reconstructing Institutions for Market Governance: Participatory Policy Regimes in Mexico's Coffee Sector," in Richard Snyder, ed. Institutional Adaptation and Innovation in Rural Mexico (La Jolla, CA: The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1999).

"After the State Withdraws: Neoliberalism and Subnational Authoritarian Regimes in Mexico," in Wayne A. Cornelius, Todd A. Eisenstadt, and Jane Hindley, eds. Subnational Politics and Democratization in Mexico. (La Jolla, CA: The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1999).

Institutional Adaptation and Innovation in Rural Mexico, ed. (La Jolla, CA: The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1999).

"The Missing Variable: Institutions and the Study of Regime Change" (with James Mahoney),Comparative Politics 32:1 (October 1999): 103-22.

"Rethinking Agency and Structure in the Study of Regime Change" (with James Mahoney), Studies in Comparative International Development 34:2 (Summer 1999): 3-32.

"After Neoliberalism: The Politics of Reregulation in Mexico," World Politics 51:2 (January 1999): 173-204.

"Patterns of Institutional Change in Rural Mexico," in Richard Snyder, ed. Institutional Adaptation and Innovation in Rural Mexico (La Jolla, CA: The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1999).

"The Changing Role of the Ejido," in Richard Snyder and Gabriel Torres, eds. The Future Role of the Ejido in Rural Mexico (La Jolla, CA: The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1998).

The Future Role of the Ejido in Rural Mexico (Snyder and Gabriel Torres, eds.) (La Jolla, CA: The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1998).

"Paths out of Sultanistic Regimes: Combining Structural and Voluntarist Perspectives," in H.E. Chehabi and Juan J. Linz, eds., Sultanistic Regimes (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998). [Persian translation published in 2001; Spanish translation published in Araucaria: Revista Iberoamerican de Filosofía, Política y Humanidades 4:7 (2002)].

"Explaining Transitions from NeopatrimonialDictatorships," Comparative Politics 24:4 (July 1992): 379-99. [Reprinted in Rosemary O'Kane, ed. Revolutions: Critical Concepts in Political Science (London: Routledge, 1999).]

research overview

Professor Richard Snyder's research and teaching focus on comparative politics, with an emphasis on the political economy of development, political regimes, and Latin American politics.