Timothy Power

Timothy Power

Professor of Latin American Politics, St Antony's 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 Oxford School of Global and Area Studies  (OSGA), wherein I am based at the Latin American Centre. My research interests include democratisation, presidentialism, 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 Paul Chaisty and Nic Cheeseman, I recently co-authored 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 currently an associate editor of the Journal of Politics in Latin America. I serve on the editorial boards of Comparative Political Studies, Political BehaviorLatin 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)

Number of DPhil supervisions completed: 10



(with Paul Chaisty and Nic Cheeseman) Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective: Minority Presidents in Multiparty Systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018 (paperback 2020).

(with Peter R. Kingstone) Democratic Brazil Divided. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017.

(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: balanço 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 Cesar Zucco Jr.) “Fragmentation Without Cleavages? Endogenous Fractionalization in the Brazilian Party System.” Forthcoming in Comparative Politics 53, no. 3 (April 2021).

(with James Loxton) “Introducing Authoritarian Diasporas: Causes and Consequences of Authoritarian Elite Dispersion.” Forthcoming in Democratization 28, no. 3 (March 2021). Concept paper for co-edited symposium with five articles.

(with Paul Chaisty and Nic Cheeseman) “Inside the Coordination Paradigm: New Perspectives on Minority Presidents and Coalition Management.” In Rudy B. Andeweg, Robert Elgie, Ludger Helms, Juliet Kaarbo, and Ferdinand Müller-Rommel, eds., Oxford Handbook of Political Executives (Oxford University Press, 2020): 420-437.

(with David Doyle) “Presidential Power and Party Strength: The ‘Inverse Relationship’ Reconsidered.” Political Studies Review 18, no. 1 (February 2020): 108-124.

(with Cesar Zucco Jr. and Mariana Batista) “Measuring Portfolio Salience Using the Bradley-Terry Model: An Illustration with Data from Brazil.” Research & Politics 6, no. 1 (January-March 2019): 1-8.

(with Paul Chaisty) “Flying Solo: Explaining Single-Party Cabinets under Minority Presidentialism.” European Journal of Political Research 58, no. 1 (February 2019): 163-183.

(with Wendy Hunter) “Bolsonaro and Brazil’s Illiberal Backlash.” Journal of Democracy 30, no 1 (January 2019): 68-82.

(with Rodrigo Rodrigues-Silveira) “Mapping Ideological Preferences in Brazilian Elections, 1994-2018: A Municipal-Level Study.” Brazilian Political Science Review 13, no. 1 (2019): 1-27.

(with Leany Lemos and Lucio Rennó) “Supervisión, control y monitoreo en Brasil, 1991-2012.” In Rodrigo Velázquez López Velarde, ed., Supervisión Legislativa en América Latina (Mexico City: Fundo de Cultura Económica, 2018): 343-366.

(with Rodrigo Rodrigues-Silveira) “The Political Right and Party Politics.” In Barry Ames, ed., Routledge Handbook of Brazilian Politics (Routledge, 2018): 251-268.

“The Contrasting Trajectories of Brazil’s Two Authoritarian Successor Parties.” In James Loxton and Scott Mainwaring, eds., Life After Dictatorship: Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2018): 229-253.

(with Frances Hagopian) “Politics in Brazil.” In G. Bingham J. Powell Jr., Russell J. Dalton, and Kaare Strom, eds., Comparative Politics Today: A World View, 12th edition (New York: Pearson Longman, 2018): 422-465. Earlier versions appeared in the 10th edition (2011) and 11th edition (2014) of the same textbook.

(with Scott Mainwaring and Fernando Bizzarro) “The Uneven Institutionalization of a Party System: Brazil.” In Scott Mainwaring, ed., Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse (Cambridge University Press, 2018): 164-200.

(with Sean W. Burges and Tracy Beck Fenwick) “Five Faces of Presidential Governance: Insights from Policy Making in Democratic Brazil.” Policy Studies 38, no. 3 (2017): 205-215.

(with Svitlana Chernykh and David Doyle) “Measuring Legislative Power: An Expert Reweighting of the Fish-Kroenig Parliamentary Powers Index.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 42, no. 2 (May 2017): 295-320.

(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 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017): 323-337.

“The Brazilian Military Regime of 1964-1985: Legacies for Contemporary Democracy.” Iberoamericana 16, no. 62 (May-August 2016): 13-26.

(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.

“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.

(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.

“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.