Ben Ross Schneider

Ben Ross Schneider

Ford International Professor of Political Science

Director, MIT Brazil Program

CV (pdf)

Business politics; political economy; education politics; industrial policy; business groups; comparative capitalism; social policy; Latin America; Brazil.

Biography

Ben Ross Schneider is Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Brazil program. Prior to joining the department in 2008, Schneider taught at Princeton University and Northwestern University.

Professor Schneider's teaching and research interests fall within the general fields of comparative politics, political economy, and Latin American politics. His books include Reinventing Leviathan: The Politics of Administrative Reform in Developing Countries (2003), Business Politics and the State in 20th Century Latin America (2004), Hierarchical Capitalism in Latin America: Business, Labor, and the Challenges of Equitable Development (Cambridge University Press, 2013), Designing Industrial Policy in Latin America: Business-Government Relations and the New Developmentalism (2015), and New Order and Progress: Democracy and Development in Brazil (Oxford University Press, 2016). He also has published on topics such as democratization, technocracy, education politics, the developmental state, business groups, industrial policy, and comparative bureaucracy.

Research

Schneider's current research examines the distinct institutional foundations of capitalist development in Latin America with particular attention to diversified business groups, foreign investment, human capital, labor markets, and commodity-led growth.  Other ongoing research examines new forms of state capitalism, industrial policy, and state-owned enterprises.

Schneider's research has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Social Science Research Council, the Searle Foundation, the Kellogg Institute, the Heinz Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, and the Inter-American Foundation. Schneider also has a strong interest in contemporary policy debates and has consulted for the Ford Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the Global Development Network, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Research (UNRISD), and the governments of Brazil and the United States. He has also been active in promoting a new research network, Red de Economía Política de América Latina, Repal.

Recent Publications

“Easy and Hard Redistribution:  The Political Economy of Welfare States in Latin America.” (with Alisha Holland). Forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics.

New Order and Progress:  Democracy and Development in BrazilEdited volume.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2016.

"The Middle Income Trap: More Politics than Economics.” With Richard Doner. World Politics, 68, no. 4, October 2016. (pdf)

“Markets and Hierarchies in Social Services: Incentives, Institutions, and Politics.” In Guillermo Perry and Ramona Angelescu, eds., Varieties of Governance. Palgrave, 2017 (with Armando Castelar Pinheiro).

Designing Industrial Policy in Latin America: Business-Government Relations and the New Developmentalism. Palgrave, 2015

Hierarchical Capitalism in Latin America: Business, Labor, and the Challenges of Equitable Development. Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Teaching

17.178 Institutions and Development (Syllabus)
17.588 Field Seminar in Comparative Politics (Syllabus)
17.951 New Research on Latin American Politics (Syllabus)