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Juan Pablo Micozzi

Professor of Political Science, ITAM

Residency: September 2019 – May 2020

Research Project: Unfolding Congressional Behavior in an Authoritarian Legislature: The Case of the Hegemonic (yet Group-Based) PRI

Research Interests: legislative studies, representation, elections, federalism, Latin America


Juan Pablo Micozzi has a Ph.D. in political science from Rice University and is currently an associate professor at ITAM in Mexico City. His research agenda is centered on the study on representation and legislative performance, emphasizing the roles of attributes like partisanship, gender, social class, group membership and ambition over multiple indicators of congressional behavior. He has done work on legislative dynamics in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Mexico, and is currently covering cases like Colombia and Paraguay, as well. His work has been published in the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Journal of Theoretical Politics and Latin American Politics and Society, among others.

His project seeks to understand the complex relationships among the national PRI and the groups that were a part of the party organization (labor unions, peasants, middle class and the governors) during the hegemonic era in Mexico. Unlike conventional top-down views, this work attempts to show the impact of competing principals on congressional activities such as bill drafting, cosponsorship and voting behavior in the period. In parallel, the agenda seeks to show whether democratization made a difference on the behavior of individuals who occupied office before and after the rise of electoral competition.