Timothy Power

Timothy Power

Professor of Latin American Politics and University Lecturer in Brazilian Studies, St Antonys College
Comparative Politics and Government
(01865) 284 779
St Antony's College

I hold a joint appointment between the Department of Politics & International Relations and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS), wherein I am based at the Latin American Centre. My research concerns democratisation, comparative political institutions (parties, legislatures, and elections) and the politics and government of Latin America, especially Brazil.

In 1990, I initiated the Brazilian Legislative Survey which I now co-direct with Cesar Zucco Jr of the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro. With my departmental colleagues Paul Chaisty and Nic Cheeseman, I am currently co-authoring a book based on our multi-year, ESRC-funded research project on "Coalitional Presidentialism in Africa, Latin America and Postcommunist Europe: Dynamics of Executive-Legislative Relations in New Democracies." Some of the video podcasts from our project are available here.

From 2012-2014, I was the Director of Graduate Studies in Politics in DPIR. I have served as Treasurer of the Latin American Studies Association and as President of the Brazilian Studies Association. I am an associate fellow of Chatham House and also the associate editor of the Journal of Politics in Latin America. I serve on the editorial boards of Comparative Political StudiesLatin American Politics and Society ((USA), América Latina Hoy (Spain), Política y Gobierno (Mexico), and Dados (Brazil). I also convene the Visiting Parliamentary Fellowship at St Antony's, through which two members of the UK Parliament join the College each Hilary Term and organise a series of debates on public affairs.

In DPIR, I teach mainly on the MPhil Comparative Government. I teach and tutor for the core course in Year One, and also offer an option paper on Comparative Presidentialism in Year Two. I also supervise DPhil students working on these topics and on Latin American politics more generally.

Research Interests

Democratisation, comparative political institutions (parties, legislatures and elections), Latin American and Brazilian politics

Constitutions and Government Democracy and Democratisation Elections Institutions and organisations Legislatures Political Parties


Recent responsibilities:

Politics of Brazil (lectures, MT, at LAC)

Comparative Presidentialism (MPhil Politics, HT)

Comparative Government Core Course (MPhil Politics, various sessions in MT and HT)

Research Design in Comparative Political Science (lecture in MT)



(co-edited with Cesar Zucco Jr.) O Congresso por ele mesmo: autopercepções da classe política brasileira. Belo Horizonte: Editora UFMG, 2011.

(co-edited with Matthew M. Taylor) Corruption and Democracy in Brazil: The Struggle for Accountability. University of Notre Dame Press, 2011.

(co-edited with Peter R. Kingstone) Democratic Brazil Revisited. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008.

(co-edited with Jairo Nicolau) Instituições representativas no Brasil: balano e reformas. Belo Horizonte: Editora UFMG, 2007.

(co-edited with Nicol C. Rae) Exporting Congress? The Influence of the U.S. Congress on World Legislatures. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006.

The Political Right in Postauthoritarian Brazil: Elites, Institutions, and Democratization. College Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.

(co-edited with Peter R. Kingstone) Democratic Brazil: Actors, Institutions, and Processes. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000.

(with Scott Mainwaring and Rachel Meneguello) Partidos conservadores no Brasil: Quais são, o que defendem, quais são as suas bases. So Paulo: Editora Paz e Terra, 2000.



(with Svitlana Chernykh and David Doyle) “Measuring Legislative Power: An Expert Reweighting of the Fish-Kroenig Parliamentary Powers Index.” Forthcoming in Legislative Studies Quarterly.

(with Scott Mainwaring and Fernando Bizzarro) “The Uneven Institutionalization of a Party System: Brazil.” Forthcoming in Scott Mainwaring, ed., Party Systems in Latin America (Cambridge University Press).

(with Malu A. C. Gatto) “Postmaterialism and Political Elites: The Value Priorities of Brazilian Federal Legislators.” Journal of Politics in Latin America 8, no. 1 (April 2016): 33-68.

(with Oswaldo E. do Amaral) “The PT at 35: Revisiting Scholarly Interpretations of Brazil’s Workers’ Party.” Journal of Latin American Studies 48, no. 1 (February 2016): 147-171.

(with Manuel Alcántara Sáez) “Malaise as a Symptom of Conflict: Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay in Comparative Perspective,” in Alfredo Joignant, Claudio Fuentes, and Mauricio Morales, eds., Malaise in Representation in Latin American Countries: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

“La reforma de la reforma política en Brasil,” in Kevin Casas-Zamora, Marian Vidaurri, Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian and Raquel Chanto, eds., Reforma política en América Latina: tendencias y casos (Washington: Organization of American States, 2016): 277-290.

“The Reduction of Poverty and Inequality in Brazil: Political Causes, Political Consequences.” In Ben Ross Schneider, ed., New Order and Progress: Development and Democracy in Brazil (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016): 212-237.

(with Paul Chaisty and Nic Cheeseman) “Rethinking the ‘Presidentialism Debate’: Coalitional Politics in Cross-Regional Perspective.” Democratization 21, no. 1 (2014): 72-94.

“Continuity in a Changing Brazil: The Transition from Lula to Dilma.” In Fábio de Castro, Kees Koonings, and Marianne Wiesebron, eds., Brazil under Lula: A Country in Transformation (London: Palgrave, 2014).

“Theorizing a Moving Target: O’Donnell’s Changing Views of Postauthoritarian Regimes.” In Daniel Brinks, Marcelo Leiras, and Scott Mainwaring, eds., Reflections on Uneven Democracies: The Legacy of Guillermo O'Donnell (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014): 173-188.

(with Cesar Zucco Jr.) “Bolsa Família and the Shift in Lula’s Electoral Base, 2002-2006: A Reply to Bohn.” Latin American Research Review 48, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 3-24.

(with Cesar Zucco Jr.) “Elite Preferences in a Consolidating Democracy: The Brazilian Legislative Surveys, 1990-2009.” Latin American Politics and Society 54, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 1-27.

(with Eric D. Raile and Carlos Pereira) “The Executive Toolbox: Building Legislative Support in a Multiparty Presidential Regime.” Political Research Quarterly 64, no. 2 (June 2011): 323-334