Laurence Whitehead


Laurence Whitehead is a Senior Research Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and Senior Fellow of the College. Among his many publications are Latin America: A New Interpretation, (Palgrave, 2006 second revised updated edition 2010), and Democratization: Theory and Experience (OUP, 2002).  He is also co-author of many edited publications including The Obama Administration and the Americas: Shifting the Balance (Brookings Press, 2010 ) with Abraham F. Lowenthal and Theodore J. Piccone; and Democratization in America: A Comparative –Historical Analysis (Johns Hopkins UP, 2009) with Desmond King, Robert C. Liebermen, and Gretchen Ritter, and (jointly with Marcelo Bergman)  Citizen Security in Latin America (Notre Dame University Press, 2009).His latest book is “IIliberal Practices: Territorial Variation within Large Federal Democracies”, edited jointly with Jacqueline Behrend.

His recent articles include  “International Democracy Promotion  as a  Political Ideology: Upsurge and Retreat” in The Journal of Political Ideologies, February 2015;  “Anti Democracy Promotion: Four Strategies in Search of a Framework” in the Taiwan Journal of Democracy, December 2014; “ ‘Enlivening’ the Concept of Democratisation: The Biological Metaphor” in Perspectives on Politics, July 2011; “Losing ‘the Force’? The Dark Side of Democratization after Iraq” in  Democratization, April 2009; and “The Crash of ‘08’ ” in the Journal of Democracy, January 2010.

He is editor of the Oxford University Press series, ‘Studies in Democratization’ and President of the Conseil Scientifique of the Institut des Ameriques in Paris, and belongs to the steering committee of the Red Eurolatinoamericana de Gobernabilidad para el Desarrollo.