Civil Society, Democracy, and Dictatorship: Western Europe, 1848–1950s


Location: Hesburgh Center, Room C103

Tiago Fernandes, Department of Political Science and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Florence, Italy; Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow, University of Notre Dame

Tiago Fernandes (Ph.D., European University Institute) will be in residence at Kellogg for the 2009–10 and 2010–11 academic years. His project, “Patterns of Associational Life in Western Europe, 1870–1970: A Comparative and Historical Interpretation,” develops a unified and multicausal theory of the origins of Western European civil society.

Specializing in political science and historical and political sociology, Fernandes will study how parliamentarization/democratization, state capacity, and the timing of state building affect associational growth and civic engagement for both rural and urban voluntary organizations. He theorizes that associations with national scope, strong states, and connections to national politics enhance civic participation.

A former professor of sociology and political science at the New University of Lisbon prior to his doctoral work, Fernandes has published Neither Dictatorship, Nor Revolution: The Liberal Wing and the End of the Portuguese Dictatorship, 1968–1974 (D. Quixote/Portuguese Parliament, 2006) (in Portuguese). He will teach a sociology course in the spring.