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Political Polarization and Municipal Government Accountability during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Mexico
Political polarization can undermine electoral accountability by distorting how citizens process objective information about government performance. In the second event of the Democracy, Conflict, and Polarization seminar series, we present results from a field experiment conducted prior to the 2021 Mexican legislative elections measuring the impact of social media campaigns on electoral behavior in a highly polarized environment.

The panel discussion will include researchers and the implementing partner, Data Cívica, a civil society organization that provides training on technological tools and open data to promote transparency and citizen participation. We will discuss the effectiveness of interventions to communicate objective information, even in polarized contexts with high levels of mistrust and heightened emotions.

Speakers
José Ramón Enríquez is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Political Economy and Government at Harvard University. His interests lie in the political economy of development and comparative economic development.

Alberto Simpser is Professor of Political Science at ITAM in Mexico City, and faculty affiliate at ITAM’s Center for Economic Research (CIE) and Center for Energy and Natural Resources (CIERN). His research examines major problems in the political economy of development.

Mónica Meltis is the Executive Director of Data Cívica, a civil society organization working in the defense of human rights using technology and science. Previously, she conducted research on human rights violations. Mónica holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Relations from ITAM.

Jessica Gottlieb is an Associate Professor at the Hobby School of Public Affairs at University of Houston. She earned her PhD in political science and Master’s degree in economics from Stanford University. Her research investigates constraints to democratic accountability in low-income countries.

Dec 8, 2021 08:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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