Department of Political Science
Joseph L. Klesner
Professor of Political Science;
Horwitz House 3 (740)427-5311, FAX: (740)427-5306
B.A., Central College;
M.S., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Professor Klesner offers courses in comparative politics, international relations, and Latin American politics. He also teaches interdisciplinary courses for the International Studies Program, of which he has been director for many of his years at Kenyon. Professor Klesner has published articles on Mexican electoral politics and political parties in Mexico and on political participation and public opinion in Latin America. In 2005-6 he was Fulbright Scholar at the School of Politics and International Relation, University College Dublin. At Kenyon he is Political Science department chair, Fulbright Program Advisor, Faculty Lectureships Committee chair, and he has served as Chair of the Faculty in the past. He participated as a co-principal investigator in the Mexico 2006 Panel Study and he is the director of the Fitzgibbon Survey of Scholarly Images of Latin America. His recent work has focused on participation in Latin America.
The 2006 Mexican Election Symposium website
Mexico 2006 Panel Study website.
“Who Participates? Determinants of Political Action in Mexico.” Latin American Politics and Society, 51, 2 (Summer 2009), pp. 59-90.
“El año electoral decisivo de América Latina,” Foreign Affairs en Español, 6, 2 (Abril-Junio 2006), available at Foreign Affairs en Español - El crucial año electoral de América Latina - Joseph L. Klesner.
See also English language
Mexico’s Democracy,” in The
Changing Structure of
"Social Capital and Political Participation in Latin America: Evidence from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru." Latin American Research Review, 42, 2 (2007).
On Mexican Elections:
“Electoral Competition and the New Party System in Mexico,” Latin American Politics and Society, 47, 2 (Summer 2005), pp. 103-142.
The 2006 Mexican Elections: Manifestation of a Divided Society? PS: Political Science and Politics, 40, 1 (January 2007).
Introduction. PS: Political Science and Politics, 40, 1 (January 2007).
“Turnout in the 2006 Mexican
Election: A Preliminary Assessment.”
Paper prepared for the annual conference of the American Political
Not-So-New Electoral Landscape in Mexico.” Presentation given to the conference on “
“Adiós to the PRI: Changing Voter Turnout in Mexico’s Political Transition.” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, 17, 1 (Winter 2001), pp. 17-39 (with Chappell Lawson).
"Presidential and Congressional Elections in Mexico, July 2000." Electoral Studies, 21, 1 (March 2002), pp. 140-147.
"The End of Mexico's One-Party Regime," PS: Political Science and Politics, 34, 1 (March 2001), pp. 107-114.
"The 2000 Mexican Presidential and Congressional Elections: Pre-Election Report," Center for Strategic and International Studies, Western Hemisphere Election Study Series, Volume XVIII, Study 1 (Washington, D.C.: CSIS, June 2000).
Transition? The 1997 Mexican Elections." PS: Political Science
and Politics, 30, 4 (December 1997), pp. 703-711.
"The Mexican Midterm Congressional and Gubernatorial Elections of 1997: End of the Hegemonic Party System." Electoral Studies, 16, 4 (December 1997), pp. 567-575
“The 1994 Mexican Elections: Manifestation of a Divided Society?” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, 11, 1 (Winter 1995), pp. 137-149.
Other papers and publications:
Attitudes, Social Capital, and Political Participation: The United States and
Mexico Compared." Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos,
19, 1 (Winter 2003), pp. 29-63.
"An Electoral Route to Democracy? Mexico's Transition in Comparative Perspective." Comparative Politics, 30, 4 (July 1998), pp. 477-497.
“The Enigma of Electoral Participation in Mexico: Electoral Reform, the Rise of Opposition Contestation, and Voter Turnout, 1967-1994.” Paper presented at the 1997 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association,
"Electoral Reform in
Mexico's Hegemonic Party System: Perpetuation of Privilege or Democratic
Advance?" Paper presented at the 1997 Annual Meeting of the American
Political Science Association,
"The 1998 Mexican State Elections: Post-Election Report," (Acrobat PDF file) Center for Strategic and International Studies, Western Hemisphere Election Study Series, Volume XVII, Study 1 (Washington, D.C.: CSIS, January 1999).
“Modernization, Economic Crisis, and Electoral Alignment in Mexico,” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, 9, 2 (Summer 1993), pp. 187-224.
Last edited: 19 August 2009.