Maxwell A. Cameron (Ph.D., California, Berkeley, 1989) specializes in comparative politics (Latin America), constitutionalism, democracy, and political economy. He is the author or editor of a dozen academic books as well as over fifty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His books include: Democracy and Authoritarianism in Peru, The Peruvian Labyrinth, The Political Economy of North American Free TradeTo Walk Without Fear: The Global Movement to Ban Landmines, Latin America’s Left Turns: Politics, Policies and Trajectories of Change, Democracia en la Region Andina, New Institutions for Participatory Democracy in Latin America, The Making of NAFTA, Strong Constitutions, and most recently, Political Institutions and Practical Wisdom (forthcoming).

Cameron has held visiting positions in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame University (1996) and at Yale University, where he was the Canadian Bicentennial Professor in 2005. In 2006 he served as political advisor to the OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Peru. He founded the “Andean Democracy Research Network” to monitor and report on the state of democracy in the Andean region which received funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Martha Piper Fund, SSHRC, IDRC and the Ford Foundation. Since 2011 he has served as the Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions in which capacity he has organized the Summer Institute for Future Legislators between 2013 and 2016. In 2011-12 he was a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, and in 2013 he was awarded a UBC Killam Teaching Prize. Cameron is a frequent commentator on politics in the media. He enjoys biking, skiing, scuba diving, and playing guitar. He is currently blogging about practical wisdom.

Winter 2017

POLI332 Politics and Government of Latin America Sections

A comparative examination of democracy and authoritarianism in Latin America: populism, corporatism, bureaucratic authoritarianism, transitions from authoritarianism, and contemporary debates on the quality and diversity of democratic institutions.

Winter 2017

POLI516A Issues in Comparative Politics - COMPAR POLITICS Sections

Current Doctoral Supervisions:

Dominique Rumeau

Zarai Toledo

Eon Joung Lee

Magdalena Ugalde

Nojang Khatami

UBC Killam Teaching Prize, 2012-2013.

Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, 2011-2012

President, Vancouver Institute (2012-2013)

Honourary Professor, Universidad San Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru, 2012


Better Democracy” forthcoming in Reflections of Canada: Illuminating our Biggest Possibilities and Challenges at 150 Years. Vancouver, BC: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, forthcoming (June 2017).

Strong Constitutions: Social-Cognitive Origins of the Separation of Powers. New York: Oxford University Press. June 2013.

New Institutions for Participatory Democracy in Latin America: Voice and Consequence. (Edited by Maxwell A. Cameron, Eric Hershberg, and Kenneth E. Sharpe). New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012. Published in Spanish: Nuevas Instituciones de Democracia Participativa en América Latina: La voz y sus consecuencias. México, D.F.: Facultad Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales, Sede México, 2012.

Democracia en la región Andina: Diversidad y desafíos. (Edited by Maxwell A. Cameron and Juan Pablo Luna). Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2010. Pp. 605. (Plural Editores, La Paz, Bolivia, 2011; Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, 2012).

Peru: The Left Turn that Wasn’t.” In Steven Levitsky and Kenneth Roberts, eds. The Resurgence of the Latin American Left (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011), pp. 375-398.

“Text, Power and Social Exclusion: From Colonialism to the Crisis of Criollo Republicanism” in John Crabtree, ed. Fractured Politics: Peruvian Democracy Past and Present (London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2011), pp. 23-51.

Latin America’s Left Turns: Politics, Policies, and Trajectories of Change. (Edited with Eric Hershberg). Lynn Rienner Publishers, 2010, Pp. 289.

The State of Democracy in the Andes: Introduction to a Thematic Issue,” Revista de Ciencia Política, Vol. 30, no 1, 2010, pp. 5-20.

Latin America’s Left Turns: Politics, Policies, and Trajectories of Change. (Edited with Eric Hershberg). Lynn Rienner Publishers, 2010, Pp. 289.

A Diplomatic Theatre of the Absurd: Canada, the OAS and the Coup in Honduras,” NACLA: Report on the Americas. (With Jason Tockman). June 2010.

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 Invited Presentations

“La calidad de la democracia,” Keynote Address, AMECIP (Mexican Association of Political Science), July 5, 2016, Monterrey, Mexico,

“Toward Post-Liberal Democracy in Latin America?” Presented at RELAM 1st International Conference, “What’s Left?
The Left Turn in Latin America, 15 Years After.” Bibliothèques et Archives Nationales du Québec 535 Viger Est, Montréal, March 23-24, 2016.

“La Calidad y Diversidad de la Democracia en América Latina,” Conferencia Internacional, Escuela Electoral y de Gobernabilidad del Jurado Nacional de Elecciones, Trujillo, 17 de diciembre, 2015.

“Sabiduria práctica en la política,” talk at Transparencia, “Diálogos por el Buen Gobierno,” hosted by Canadian Embassy, Lima, Peru, 17 December 2015.

After the Paris Attacks: Canada’s Role in the Fight Against ISIS, presented at: “After the Paris Attacks: What Must we Learn?” Liu Institute for Global Issues – Multipurpose Room. December 1 at 12:30 pm.

“Future-Proofing Elected Officials: The Summer Institute for Future Legislators,” The Future is Coming: Bold Ideas for Bright Communities, Lower Mainland Local Government Association and CivicInfo BC, CivX 2015, Asia Pacific Hall, Simon Fraser University, 550 West Hastings, Vancouver, November 24, 2015.

Independent Officers of Parliament, Colloquium, The University of Ottawa, September 24-25, 2015.

“Instituto de Legisladores Futuros,” Congreso Internacional, Élites y Liderazgos en Tiempos de Cambio, Salamanca, España, 10 y 11 de junio de 2015.

“Reforma política e controles democráticos sobre o sistema político,” Participação, Democracia, Políticas Públicas. Aproximando Agendas y Agentes.  II Encontro Internacional, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brasil, 27 a 30 de Abril, São Paulo, Brazil.

“Panel on Bill C-51 – The ‘Anti-Terror’ Bill.” Vancity Office of Community Engagement & Institute for Humanities, Simon Fraser University, March 24, 2015.