Professor Richard Snyder
Professor Richard Snyder’s research and teaching focus on comparative politics, with an emphasis on the political economy of development, political regimes, and Latin American politics.
Richard Snyder’s research spans three core areas: (1) the Political Economy of Development; (2) Political Regimes and Regime Change; and (3) Craft and Method in Comparative Research. Links to selected publications and papers appear below.
I. Political Economy of Development
Dependency and Development in a Globalized World (with Patrick Heller and Dietrich Rueschemeyer), Special Issue of Studies in Comparative International Development 44:4 (December 2009). The principles of analysis proposed 40 years ago by Cardoso and Faletto in Dependency and Development in Latin America provide a fruitful way to understand divergent patterns of development in the contemporary era of globalization. This set of analytic principles combines a focus on distinct modes of national insertion into the global economy with a focus on the balance of domestic class forces, the capacity of state institutions, and contingent choices by political actors to explain the contrasting developmental fortunes of countries. The contributors to this special issue demonstrate the vitality of these principles by harnessing them to the dual task of explaining how countries respond to the challenges of globalization and the consequences of these responses. The critical, macroscopic, and possibilistic approach to political economy taken by the contributors offers an exciting and powerful way to understand the problems of development in our globalized world. Contributors: Laszlo Bruszt, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jonathan H. Conning, Peter Evans, Bela Greskovits, John Harriss, Atul Kohli, Gerardo L. Munck, James A. Robinson, and Erik Wibbels.
“Dependency and Development in a Globalized World: Looking Back and Forward” (with Patrick Heller and Dietrich Rueschemeyer), Studies in Comparative International Development 44:4 (December 2009): 287-295.
Politics after Neoliberalism: Reregulation in Mexico. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, 2001. During the past two decades, virtually all developing countries shifted from state-led to market-oriented neoliberal economic policies. This book analyzes fresh evidence from Southern Mexico about the effects of this global wave of policy reforms. The evidence challenges the widely held view that these reforms have set countries on a convergent path toward unregulated markets. The analysis shows that free-market reforms, rather than unleashing market forces, trigger the construction of different types of new regulatory institutions with contrasting consequences for economic efficiency and social justice. Chapter One
Strategies for Resource Management, Production, and Marketing in Rural Mexico (co-edited with Guadalupe Rodríguez Gómez). La Jolla, CA: The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2000.
II. Political Regimes and Regime Change.
“Beyond Electoral Authoritarianism: The Spectrum of Nondemocratic Regimes” in Andreas Schedler, ed. Electoral Authoritarianism: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006).
“Legislative Malapportionment in Latin America: Historical and Comparative Perspectives,” (with David Samuels), in Edward L. Gibson, ed. Federalism and Democracy in Latin America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004).
“After the State Withdraws: Neoliberalism and Subnational Authoritarian Regimes in Mexico,” in Wayne A. Cornelius, Todd A. Eisenstadt, and Jane Hindley, eds. Subnational Politics and Democratization in Mexico. (La Jolla, CA: The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1999).
III. Craft and Method in Comparative Research
This book fills a void in comparative politics: the lack of a text that illuminates the human dimension of scholarship and the intricacies of the actual research process. It contains in-depth interviews with fifteen leading scholars in the field of comparative politics: Gabriel A. Almond, Robert H. Bates, David Collier, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, David D. Laitin, Arend Lijphart, Juan J. Linz, Barrington Moore, Jr., Guillermo O’Donnell, Adam Przeworski, Philippe C. Schmitter, James C. Scott, Theda Skocpol, and Alfred Stepan. These scholars discuss their intellectual formation, their major works and ideas, the nuts and bolts of the research process, their relationships with colleagues, collaborators and students, and the evolution of the field.