Elections in Ecuador – the end of an era?

On April 2nd Ecuador will decide who will be the president to follow Rafael Correa’s 10 years of rule. This seminar will discuss the possible consequences of the elections.


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On April 2nd Ecuador will decide who will be the president to follow Rafael Correa’s 10 years of rule. His legacy is controversial and includes poverty reduction and welfare improvement as well as limits to press freedom, conflicts with civil society organizations, and scaled up resource exploitation. Correa’s rule also brought political stability after years of deep problems of governability. What will be next for Ecuador after the election? Will we see a shift to the right or a return to political and economic instability? And what will it mean for people and nature in the small Andean country?

In this seminar, three experts will provide their views on these issues:

Andrés Mejía Acosta is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy of Emerging Markets at King’s College International Development Institute. A political scientist by training (University of Notre Dame, 2004), his work explores the political economy of producing effective, accountable and inclusive policy making in low and middle income countries. Ecuadorian of origin, one area of his research has focused on the political and fiscal management of natural resource revenues, with particular attention to Andean countries.

Two recent blog post and an interview with Andrés Mejía Acosta on the elections in Ecuador:

An ebbing tide? Keeping democracy in Latin America

¿Cómo funcionaría un gobierno de coalición en Ecuador?

Ecuador's Voters Turn Back Latin America's Pink Tide


Leiv Marsteintredet is Associate professor at the Universities of Oslo and Bergen. Also a political scientist, he works on political institutions and presidentialism in Latin America, with a particular interest in the breakdown of presidencies and the role of vice-presidents.

Esben Leifsen is an anthropologist and Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). He has extensive research experience from Ecuador spanning social welfare policies, the indigenous movement and natural resource conflict and management. He is currently carrying out research on the political ecology of Ecuador's first large-scale mining project, the Mirador project.. Leifsen is recently back from Ecuador where witnessed the campaign before the first round of the elections.




Published Mar. 6, 2017 5:07 PM - Last modified Mar. 9, 2017 1:04 PM