Dr James Loxton

BA (Princeton University) MA (Harvard University) PhD (Harvard University)

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4532

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Biographical details

James Loxton is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics. His research focuses on the intersection between regime transitions and political parties, particularly in Latin America. He recently co-edited the volume Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America (2016, Cambridge University Press). He is currently working on the edited volume Life After Dictatorship: Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide, and a book exploring variation in conservative party-building in Latin America. He received his MA (2009) and PhD (2014) in Government from Harvard University, and his BA (2006) in Politics from Princeton University. He is originally from British Columbia, Canada.

Research interests

  • Comparative politics
  • Latin American politics
  • Political regimes and regime transitions
  • Political parties

Teaching and supervision

  • GOVT2103 - Latin American Politics
  • GOVT1107 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • GOVT6100 - Foundations of Comparative Politics

Current projects

He is currently working on two book projects:

  • Life after Dictatorship: Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide (under review). This edited volume (with Scott Mainwaring) examines the worldwide phenomenon of authoritarian successor parties, or parties that emerge from authoritarian regimes but that operate after a transition to democracy. With chapters from leading Africanists, Asianists, Europeanists, and Latin Americanists, it focuses on three major questions: Why do such parties exist? Why are some more successful than others? What are their effects on democracy?
  • Authoritarian Inheritance and Conservative Party-Building in Latin America (working title). This book examines the divergent trajectories of conservative parties in Latin America formed since the third wave. Why did parties like Chile's UDI and El Salvador's ARENA, which emerged from authoritarian regimes, succeed, while parties like Argentina's UCEDE and Guatemala's PAN, which had much better democratic credentials, failed? The book argues that the successful cases benefited from authoritarian inheritance: they inherited valuable resources from the old regime that, paradoxically, helped them to flourish under democracy.

For all publications please see James Loxton's CV attached.

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Levitsky, S., Loxton, J., Van Dyck, B., Domínguez, J. (2016). Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America. New York: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Loxton, J. (2016). Authoritarian Successor Parties and the New Right in Latin America. In S Levitsky, J Loxton, B Van Dyck, J I Dominguez (Eds.), Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America, (pp. 245-272). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Levitsky, S., Loxton, J., Van Dyck, B. (2016). Introduction: Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America. In S Levitsky, J Loxton, B Van Dyck, J I Dominguez (Eds.), Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America, (pp. 1-48). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Levitsky, S., Loxton, J. (2014). Populism and Competitive Authoritarianism in the Andes. In Aurel Croissant, Steffen Kailitz, Patrick Koellner and Stefan Wurster (Eds.), Comparing Autocracies in the Early Twenty-first Century, (pp. 176-205). New York: Routledge.
  • Loxton, J. (2014). The Authoritarian Roots of New Right Party Success in Latin America. In Juan Pablo Luna, Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser (Eds.), The Resilience of the Latin American Right, (pp. 117-140). Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.
  • Levitsky, S., Loxton, J. (2012). Populism and Competitive Authoritarianism: The Case of Fujimori’s Peru. In Cas Mudde, Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser (Eds.), Populism in Europe and the Americas: Threat or Corrective for Democracy?, (pp. 160-181). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

Journals

  • Loxton, J. (2015). Authoritarian successor parties. Journal of Democracy, 26(3), 157-170.
  • Levitsky, S., Loxton, J. (2013). Populism and competitive authoritarianism in the Andes. Democratization, 20(1), 107-136. [More Information]

Working Paper Internal

  • Loxton, J. (2016). Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide: A Framework for Analysis. Kellogg Working Paper #411 (June 2016). Kellogg Institute for International Studies. University of Notre Dame. [More Information]

Other

  • Loxton, J. (2016), "Cuba's Communist Party would thrive under democracy, but only if it gives up power soon." Democratic Audit blog, London School of Economics, 20 July. [More Information]
  • Loxton, J. (2016), "Peru rejected Keiko Fujimori, but most new democracies vote authoritarian parties back into office. Here's why". Monkey Cage blog at The Washington Post, 16 June. [More Information]

2016

  • Loxton, J. (2016), "Cuba's Communist Party would thrive under democracy, but only if it gives up power soon." Democratic Audit blog, London School of Economics, 20 July. [More Information]
  • Loxton, J. (2016), "Peru rejected Keiko Fujimori, but most new democracies vote authoritarian parties back into office. Here's why". Monkey Cage blog at The Washington Post, 16 June. [More Information]
  • Loxton, J. (2016). Authoritarian Successor Parties and the New Right in Latin America. In S Levitsky, J Loxton, B Van Dyck, J I Dominguez (Eds.), Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America, (pp. 245-272). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Loxton, J. (2016). Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide: A Framework for Analysis. Kellogg Working Paper #411 (June 2016). Kellogg Institute for International Studies. University of Notre Dame. [More Information]
  • Levitsky, S., Loxton, J., Van Dyck, B., Domínguez, J. (2016). Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America. New York: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Levitsky, S., Loxton, J., Van Dyck, B. (2016). Introduction: Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America. In S Levitsky, J Loxton, B Van Dyck, J I Dominguez (Eds.), Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America, (pp. 1-48). New York: Cambridge University Press.

2015

  • Loxton, J. (2015). Authoritarian successor parties. Journal of Democracy, 26(3), 157-170.

2014

  • Levitsky, S., Loxton, J. (2014). Populism and Competitive Authoritarianism in the Andes. In Aurel Croissant, Steffen Kailitz, Patrick Koellner and Stefan Wurster (Eds.), Comparing Autocracies in the Early Twenty-first Century, (pp. 176-205). New York: Routledge.
  • Loxton, J. (2014). The Authoritarian Roots of New Right Party Success in Latin America. In Juan Pablo Luna, Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser (Eds.), The Resilience of the Latin American Right, (pp. 117-140). Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.

2013

  • Levitsky, S., Loxton, J. (2013). Populism and competitive authoritarianism in the Andes. Democratization, 20(1), 107-136. [More Information]

2012

  • Levitsky, S., Loxton, J. (2012). Populism and Competitive Authoritarianism: The Case of Fujimori’s Peru. In Cas Mudde, Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser (Eds.), Populism in Europe and the Americas: Threat or Corrective for Democracy?, (pp. 160-181). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

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