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17:30 - 19:00 16 November 2017

Return Migration and Democratic Consolidation


Seminar room 105 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Covadonga Meseguer, Associate Professor of Government, LSE, Dr. Covadonga Meseguer is an Associate Professor of Government in the LSE’s International Relations Department. She has a PhD in Political Science (2002) and is a member of the Juan March Institute for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (Madrid, Spain). Covadonga has held teaching and research positions at New York University, European University Institute (Florence), Kellogg Institute for International Studies (Notre Dame University), Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI), Nuffield College (Oxford), Central European University (Budapest), and the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (Mexico City). She is the author of articles that have appeared in the International Migration Review, International Studies Quar

Professor Covadonga Meseguer (LSE) - This paper explores the role of return migrants in democratic consolidation. According to recent research, emigrants and the money they remit can facilitate transitions to democracy. Out-migration and remittances allow recipients to escape clientelistic ties by increasing recipients’ autonomy from state-provided social and public goods. As a result, recipients vote their conscience or do not vote, thereby debilitating the electoral support of traditionally clientelistic parties. In this paper, we challenge this positive account of the effects of out-migration by looking at a different aspect. Concretely, we explore the political consequences of increasing rates of return migration to Mexico following a tightening of enforcement policies and a sharp deterioration in economic conditions in the U.S.


Oscar Martinez
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