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Philip Oxhorn

PhD, Harvard Photo of Dr. Oxhorn

Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of International Development
Editor-in-Chief, Latin American Research Review

philip [dot] oxhorn [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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Research interests

  • Theories of Civil Society, Democracy and Citizenship
  • The relationship between short-term conflict resolution and longer term goals of development and democratization in fragile and post-conflict states
  • Civil Society and the Promotion of Public Health: A North-South Comparison of Civil Society’s Role in the Prevention and Treatment of Highly Contagious Disease
  • The linkages between gender equality, economic growth and Household Incomes
  • Civil Society and the Resolution of Contemporary Problems: Crime, Low Quality Education and Sustainable Development
  • Latin American Comparative Politics

Selected publications


Sustaining Civil Society: Economic Change, Democracy and the Social Construction of Citizenship in Latin America (University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, forthcoming).

Beyond Neoliberalism? Patterns, Responses, and New Directions in Latin America and the Caribbean, contributor and co-editor with Kenneth Roberts and John Burdick (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Decentralization, Democratic Governance, and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective: Africa, Asia, and Latin America. contributor and co-editor with Joseph S. Tulchin, and Andrew D. Selee. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press/the Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

What Kind of Democracy? What Kind of Market? Latin America in the Age of Neoliberalism. co-editor with G. Ducatenzeiler. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998.

Markets and Democracy in Latin America: Conflict or Convergence? Contributor and Co-editor with Pmela Starr. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner, 1999.

Organizing Civil Society: The Popular Sectors and the Struggle for Democracy in Chile. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“Understanding the Vagaries of Civil Society and Participation in Latin America,” in Peter Kingstone and Deborah Yashar, eds., Routledge Handbook of Latin American Politics (London: Routledge, forthcoming).

“La ciudadanía como consumo o como agencia: comparando las reformas democráticas en Bolivia y Brasil,” in Bokser Liwerant, Judit, Juan Felipe Pozo Block and Gilda Waldman Mitnick, eds., Pensar la globalización, la democracia y la diversidad (Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Coordinación de Estudios de Posgrado, Programa de Posgrado en Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, 2009): 223-246.

with Gary Milante, “No Development without Peace,” Development Outreach, 11:2 (October 2009): 20-21.

La ciudadanía en América latina en el contexto de la crisis económica internacional (Mexico City: United Nations Development Program, October 2009, 19 pp.).

“What We Still Need to Know: Why and How People Become Committed Democrats,” in Gary King, Kay Schlozman, and Norman Nie, eds., The Future of Political Science: 100 Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2009): 56-58.

"The challenge of democratisation in Latin America: Lessons for Africa," in K. Matlosa, K. K. Prah, B. Chiroro and L. Toulou, eds., State, Democracy and Poverty Eradication in Africa (Johannesburg: EISA, 2008): 383-397.

“El espacio público, el mercado y la democracia,” Metapolítica (Mexico), 12:57(January-February 2008): 50-5.

“Citizenship as consumption or citizenship as agency? The challenge for civil society in Latin America,” in Helen James, ed., Civil Society, Religion and Global Governance (London: Routledge, 2007): 100-129.

“Neopluralism and the Challenges for Citizenship in Latin America,” in Joseph S. Tulchin and Margaret Ruthenberg, eds., Citizenship in Latin America (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006): 123-147.

“Social Inequality, Civil Society and the Limits of Citizenship in Latin America,” in Susan Eckstein and Timothy Wickham-Crawley, eds., What Justice? Whose Justice? Fighting for Fairness in Latin America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003): 35-63.

“From Allende to Lula: Assessing the Legacy,” NACLA REPORT ON THE AMERICAS. Chile: 30 Years Later, 37:1(July/August 2003): 9-13.

Recent Grants

“The social construction of citizenship rights in new democracies: comparing South Africa and Chile.” (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)

“Gender Equality, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Poverty Reduction: Understanding the Links with Economic Growth and Improvements in Household Income” (United Nations Population Fund, with the National University of Ireland, Galway)

“Peace and Development: Democratization, Poverty Reduction and Risk Mitigation in Fragile and Post-Conflict States” (International Development Research Centre)