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Changing Tides: An analysis of the 2017 Ecuadorian Presidential election
Thu 23 March 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 GMT
The Latin American Political Economy – LAPE - Seminar Series at the UCL Institute of the Americas continues with a special event co-organized with King’s College Department of International Development to analyse the most recent presidential elections in Ecuador, with three distinguished guest speakers: Mark Keller (The Economist Intelligence Unit), Ian Mason (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and Andrés Mejía Acosta (KCL) and chaired by Néstor Castañeda (UCL Americas).
The wave of 21st Century Socialism once raised hopes that new forms of participatory democracy could reinvigorate the nature and quality of democratic representation in Latin America. After more than a decade in power, the reality on the ground shows different paths across the countries governed by Left leaning regimes. The 2017 Presidential election marks an important turning point for democracy in the country. With a looming major economic crisis and widespread mobilisation, voters have the choice of continuing with the “Citizens revolution” started by Rafael Correa 10 years ago, or to vote for a democratic alternation and renewed separation of powers.
Mark Keller is an analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, where he covers Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Haiti, and he is also the consulting analyst on Peru and Cuba. Mark Keller holds a BA from Columbia University and an MSc from the University of Oxford. He has worked with Latin America in various capacities including with regional publications such as Latin Trade, and in thank tanks such as the Council of the Americas and Freedom House in New York.
Ian Mason is a Senior Research Analyst for Mexico and the Andean Region, Americas Research Group, Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Joined the FCO as a career diplomat in 1987 and has served in a wide variety of roles both overseas and in the UK, including across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Assignments in Latin America included Political Secretary, Buenos Aires (from ’97 to 2001) and Economic and Commercial Director, Caracas (from 2011 to 2015).
Andrés Mejía Acosta is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy of Emerging Markets at King’s College Department of International Development and director of its Doctoral Program. He has written numerous books and articles looking at the impact of different formal and informal political institutions on the policy process and policy outcomes, particularly in Ecuador and the Andean region.