Kenyon College

Department of Political Science                                                                              


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Joseph L. Klesner

Professor of Political Science;

     Interim Provost

Bailey House 200  (740)427-5311, FAX: (740)427-5306

klesner@kenyon.edu


B.A., Central College;
M.S., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Klesner currently serves as Interim Provost.  For over twenty-five years he has offered courses in comparative politics, international relations, and Latin American politics. He also teaches interdisciplinary courses for the International Studies Program, of which he was 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 has served as Associate Provost, Political Science department chair, Fulbright Program Advisor, Faculty Lectureships Committee chair, and Chair of the Faculty in the past.  He participated as a co-principal investigator on the Mexico 2006 Panel Study. His recent scholarly work has focused on participation in Latin America. His textbook, Comparative Politics: An Introduction, has just appeared (September 2013) from McGraw-Hill.

Curriculum Vitae

 

The 2006 Mexican Election Symposium website

 

Mexico 2006 Panel Study website.

 

Fitzgibbon Survey of Scholarly Images of Latin America website.

 

Some recent papers and publications online:

“Regionalism in Mexican Electoral Politics,” in Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics, ed. Roderic Ai Camp (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 622-46.

“Corruption and Trust:  Theoretical Considerations and Evidence from Mexico.” Comparative Political Studies, 43, 10 (October 2010), pp. 1258-85 (with Stephen D. Morris).

 

“Who Participates Politically in Latin America: Institutions, Resources, and Inequality.” Paper prepared for the 68th Annual Midwest Political Science Association National Meeting, Chicago, April 22-25, 2010. 

 

“The 2009 Mexican Midterm Congressional Elections.”  Electoral Studies, 29, 3 (September 2010), pp. 521–540.

“Who Participates?  Determinants of Political Action in Mexico.” Latin American Politics and Society, 51, 2 (Summer 2009), pp. 59-90.

Democratic Norms, Evaluations of Institutions, and Modes of Political Participation in Latin America: Who Becomes Protesters, Community Activists, and Campaigners?  Prepared for the conference “New Approaches to Democratic Culture: Bridging the Qualitative-Quantitative Gap,” Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Sept. 7, 2007.

“A Sociological Analysis of the 2006 Elections,” in Consolidating Mexico's Democracy: The 2006 Presidential Campaign in Comparative Perspective, ed. Jorge I. Domínguez, Chappell Lawson, and Alejandro Moreno (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

“Does the Collapse of Single-Party Rule in Central and Eastern Europe Reveal the Path Down Which Mexico is Headed?” International Studies Review, 9, 2 (Summer 2007), pp. 326-37.

“The July 2006 Presidential and Congressional Elections in Mexico,” Electoral Studies, 26, 4 (2007), pp. 803-808.

Symposium:  “The 2006 Mexican Election and Its Aftermath,” PS: Political Science and Politics, 40, 1 (January 2007).

“El año electoral decisivo de América Latina,” Foreign Affairs en Español, 6, 2 (Abril-Junio 2006).  See English language version, “Latin America’s Pivotal Electoral Year.”

 

“Institutionalizing Mexico’s Democracy,” in The Changing Structure of Mexico: Political, Social, and Economic Prospects, 2nd edition, edited by Laura Randall (Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2006).  Spanish version.

 

"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.

2006:

“A Sociological Analysis of the 2006 Elections,” in Consolidating Mexico's Democracy: The 2006 Presidential Campaign in Comparative Perspective, ed. Jorge I. Domínguez, Chappell Lawson, and Alejandro Moreno (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

“The July 2006 Presidential and Congressional Elections in Mexico,” Electoral Studies, 26, 4 (2007), pp. 803-8.

Symposium:  “The 2006 Mexican Election and Its Aftermath,” PS: Political Science and Politics, 40, 1 (January 2007).

            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).

2003:

“The Not-So-New Electoral Landscape in Mexico.”  Presentation given to the conference on “Mexico’s 2003 Mid-Term Election Results: The Implications for the LIX Legislature and Future Party Consolidation,” Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, September 15-16, 2003.

2000:

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).

1997:

"Democratic 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

1994:

“The 1994 Mexican Elections: Manifestation of a Divided Society?” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, 11, 1 (Winter 1995), pp. 137-149.

Other papers and publications:

"Political 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, Chicago, April 10-12, 1997.

"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, Washington, D.C., August 28-31, 1997.

"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: 21 September 2013.