Edwin Ackerman

Fall 2013

My research focuses on the emergence of mass political parties from a historical and comparative perspective. My dissertation looks at why the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) in Mexico was able to incorporate peasant unions after the revolutionary upheaval in the early 20th century, while Bolivia‚Äôs Movimiento Nacional Revolucionario(MNR) explicitly attempted to emulate the PRI but failed in undertaking a similar process after the revolution of the mid 1950s. I explain the emergence of a hegemonic party in Mexico but not in Bolivia by looking into the effect of market forces and property arrangements on party mobilization.  In doing so, I hope to shed light on the intricacies of post-revolutionary state and regime formation, and more broadly, the relationship between parties and civil society, and the historical conditions under which parties can have agency.