Kent Eaton

TitleProfessor of Politics
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPolitics Department
AffiliationsMerrill College,
Latin American & Latino Studies,
Environmental Studies Department
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OfficeCrown 222
Office HoursTuesday 12-2 pm
Campus Mail StopCrown Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
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Research Interests

Kent Eaton studies comparative politics, international relations, political institutions, and the politics of economic development. Professor Eaton has conducted research in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the Philippines, and Uruguay.

Focusing on subnational comparative politics in Latin America, Eaton's research examines the growing salience of territorially-defined interests, identities, and institutions across the region. Current research projects include the emergence of conservative autonomy movements, subnational forms of economic nationalism, and conflict between Left national governments and opposition mayors and governors over the future of decentralization.

Biography, Education and Training

Stanford University, B.A. International Relations, 1990

Yale University, Ph.D. Political Science, 1998

Selected Publications

"Recentralization and the Left Turn in Latin America: Diverging Outcomes in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela," Comparative Political Studies, forthcoming

"The Centralism of '21st Century Socialism': Recentralising Politics in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia," Journal of Latin American Studies 45 (3) 2013: 421-450

"Latin America's Resurgent Center: National Government Strategies after Decentralization," Journal of Development Studies 49 (11) 2013: 1453-1466

"Conservative Autonomy Movements: Territorial Dimensions of Ideological Conflict in Bolivia and Ecuador,” Comparative Politics 43 (3) 2011: 291-310

“Subnational Economic Nationalism?: The Contradictory Effects of Decentralization in Peru,” Third World Quarterly 31 (7) 2010: 1205-1222

"Paradoxes of Police Reform: Federalism, Parties and Civil Society in Argentina’s Public Security Crisis,” Latin American Research Review 43 (3) August 2008: 5-32

"Federalism in Europe and Latin America: Conceptualization, Causes and Consequences,” World Politics 60 (1) July 2008: 665-698

"Backlash in Bolivia: Regional Autonomy as a Reaction against Indigenous Mobilization,” Politics and Society 35 (1) 2007: 71-102

“The Downside of Decentralization: Armed Clientelism in Colombia,” Security Studies 15 (4) 2006: 1-30

“Decentralization’s Non-Democratic Roots: Authoritarianism and Subnational Reform in South America,” Latin American Politics and Society 48 (1) 2006: 1-26

The Political Economy of Decentralization Reforms: Implications for Aid Effectiveness, with Kai Kaiser and Paul Smoke (Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 2010)

Politics beyond the Capital: The Design of Subnational Institutions in South America (Stanford University Press, 2004)

Politicians and Economic Reform in New Democracies: Argentina and the Philippines in the 1990s (Penn State University Press, 2002)

Courses Taught

Politics 140c: Latin American Politics
Politics 144: Andean Politics
Politics 190v: Problems in Latin American Politics
Politics 75: The Nation-state in Global Perspective
Politics 200c: Political Economy