Wilson Center Experts
Kenneth Greene is an Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on authoritarian regimes and democratization, political parties, elections, and voting behavior. Most of his research to date has been on Latin America with a special emphasis on Mexico. His first book, Why Dominant Parties Lose: Mexico's Democratization in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2007), offers a new theory for the durability or demise of dominant party systems around the world. He is currently Principal Investigator on the Mexico 2012 Panel Study, a multi-wave study of voters during this year's general election campaigns. While in residence at the Woodrow Wilson Center, he will work on a new book that explains why some new democracies feature stable political parties that endure over time whereas others feature fragile and ephemeral parties. The findings from this project should illuminate themes of broader interest associated with the stability and representational quality of new democracies. He hopes that this work will interest scholars as well as practitioners dedicated to democracy promotion.