Seminar Series on Democracy, Conflict, & Polarization
Wednesday, December 8 | 8 A.M. PST / 10 A.M. CDT/ 11 A.M. EST
Live via Zoom
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 Civica, 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.
This event will feature an introduction by EGAP’s Democracy, Conflict, and Polarization Steering Committee Co-Chair followed by a presentation and an audience Q&A session.
Presentation: José Ramón Enríquez (Harvard University), Alberto Simpser (ITAM), and Mónica Meltis (Data Cívica)
Host and Moderator: Jessica Gottlieb (University of Houston)
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. Specifically, he has worked on the causes and effects of political dynasties in democracies, the role of information and electoral brokers in improving political accountability, and the link between crime/violence and democratic representation/public good provision.
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. He holds a PhD degree in political science and an MA degree in economics from Stanford University, as well as a B.Sc. degree in environmental engineering sciences from Harvard College.
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 such as enforced disappearance in México and public health and violence against in-risk population. Mónica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
Founded in Mexico in 2015, Data Cívica trains governments, civil society organizations, practitioners, and journalists in the use of technological tools and open data to promote more transparency and citizen participation.
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; these include information asymmetries and problems of voter coordination, informal institutions and clientelism, and unequal gender norms.