Producing Knowledge in the Global South: The Political Economy of Social Science in Argentina, Colombia, and Peru

35 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2013 Last revised: 8 Oct 2013

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Richard Snyder

Brown University - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Angelica Duran-Martinez

University of Massachusetts Lowell - Department of Political Science

M B

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jazmin Sierra

Brown University - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Date Written: September 18, 2013

Abstract

How do international inequalities in funding, institutional support and research capacity affect the production of social science knowledge? New data on the political economy of research in Latin America shows that funding for social science is organized in sharply contrasting ways across countries, with three types of capital -- foreign, domestic public, and domestic private -- playing distinct roles. This cross-national variation in the role played by each type of capital, in turn, has contrasting consequences for (1) who produces knowledge, that is, for the professional credentials and networks needed to gain access to funding for research; and (2) for the kind of knowledge produced, especially for the comparative scope and policy relevance of research. A focus on cross-national variation in how social science is funded provides a stronger understanding of knowledge production in the Global South.

Keywords: Latin America, political economy, Global South

Suggested Citation

Snyder, Richard and Duran-Martinez, Angelica and B, M and Sierra, Jazmin, Producing Knowledge in the Global South: The Political Economy of Social Science in Argentina, Colombia, and Peru (September 18, 2013). Watson Institute for International Studies Research Paper No. 2013-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2327889 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2327889

Richard Snyder (Contact Author)

Brown University - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs ( email )

111 Thayer Street
Box 1970
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Angelica Duran-Martinez

University of Massachusetts Lowell - Department of Political Science ( email )

United States

M B

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jazmin Sierra

Brown University - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs ( email )

111 Thayer Street
Box 1970
Providence, RI 02912-1970
United States

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