The Formation of Universal Social Policy in the Periphery: How Costa Rica Helps Theory


Location: Hesburgh Center, Room C103

Juliana Martínez Franzoni, Kellogg Institute visiting fellow; Fulbright Scholar; Institute for Social Research, University of Costa Rica

Juliana Martínez Franzoni (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) will be in residence for the 2010–11 academic year. A Fulbright Scholar, she is an associate professor at the Institute for Social Research at University of Costa Rica.

In her Kellogg project, “Are Redistributive Gains from the Left-turn Sustainable? Lessons from Costa Rican Social Protection,” Martínez will address the formation of the Costa Rican social state, with an eye to the creation, expansion, and resilience of social policy in Latin America and developing countries more generally. Her research concentrates on the role of technocrats, electoral competition, and political parties throughout the policy cycle.

Martínez has written extensively on welfare regimes in Latin America and on welfare reform in Costa Rica. With a book on Costa Rican public policy formation forthcoming, her recent publications include two books and, with Mitchell Seligson, a chapter in Scott Mainwaring’s and Timothy Scully’s (eds., Democratic Governance in Latin America (Stanford University Press, 2009). A supporter of civil society organizations, she has hosted a weekly radio show on current affairs since 2006. She will teach a sociology course on Latin America in the spring.