Areas of Supervision:
Comparative Politics, Latin American politics, democratization, social movements, comparative public policy, environmental politics, gay and lesbian rights, the politics of sexuality.
Recent and Current Students under Supervision:
Pascal's doctoral research, "Institutions of Participatory Democracy: Citizens Power Councils in Theory and Practice," applies relevant theory on participatory democracy to a relatively new type of institution that purports to enable, deepen and enhance citizen participation in decision making: the citizen councils established by a number of left-leaning governments in Latin America. He engages the theory on democracy and identifies some of the advantages and outcomes discussed by authors who favour more “radical” participatory democracy (as opposed to what they view as minimalist liberal representative democracy). He considers whether the citizen councils can provide some of the advantages/outcomes identified in the theoretical literature and promoted by the leaders as being an important component of their respective programs (“21st Century Socialism” in Venezuela, the Citizens’ Revolution in Ecuador, etc.) Some of Pascal's graduate research has appeared in the journals Democratization and Latin American Perspectives.
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