Manuel Balan holds a PhD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also affiliated to the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. He is a member of the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University. His research is in comparative politics with a regional focus in Latin America.He is particularly interested in issues of corruption and development, corruption scandals, political competition, media and politics, transparency and anti-corruption policies, and democracy and the rule of law.
Françoise Montambeault works in the field of comparative politics. Her research deals with the process of democratization and building citizenship and, in particular, participative democracy in Latin America. Her recent work shows the importance of the design of participatory institutions for democratic development, but also of the type of political and social actors involved in and relating to them, their strategies and interactions. Her current research focuses on 3 themes: 1) the role of institutionalized participation in the development of citizenship and local communities, 2) the role of deliberation in divided societies, and 3) the concept of actors’ autonomy in participatory contexts.