Senior Scholar: Kent Eaton

Kent Eaton

Senior Scholar, 2010-11 and 2009-10
Visiting Professor, 2008-09
Research Assistant, 2006-07 and 2005-06

Kent Eaton is an associate professor in the Politics Department at UC Santa Cruz. The author of Politicians and Economic Reform in New Democracies: Argentina and the Philippines in the 1990s and Politics Beyond the Capital: The Design of Subnational Institutions in South America, his articles have appeared in several comparative politics journals. Previously, he taught at Princeton University and at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Currently, Professor Eaton’s research examines the growing salience of territorial conflict in Latin America from three different perspectives. First, in the wake of economic liberalization and decentralization, he is studying the conflicts that have developed between subnational governments and transnational corporations over the terms and benefits of direct foreign investment. Second, he is examining the sources of increased tension between subnational governments, focusing in particular on the rise of conservative autonomy movements. Third, he is studying the consequences of decentralization in conflict-prone settings, investigating the conditions under which decentralizing reforms either ameliorate or worsen armed conflict.

Spring 2006 Bolivian Regional Autonomy: A Reaction Against Indigenous Mobilization
Fall 2008 Power to the Left, Autonomy for the Right?: Territorial Conflict in Bolivia and Ecuador
Fall 2008 Power to the Left, Autonomy for the Right?