Karen L. Remmer

Karen L. Remmer

Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 205 Gross H, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4309
Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Political Institutions

Professor of Political Science who specializes in comparative politics, political economy, and political institutions with central emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. Her recent research explores the rise of leftist-populist governance in Latin America, exogenous shocks and democratic accountability in the Caribbean, and the impact of political scale on government spending and political participation.


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1974
  • M.A., University of Chicago 1968
  • B.A., Wellesley College 1966

Remmer, K. L. Military rule in Latin America. 1989.

Remmer, K. Party Competition and Public Policy: Argentina and Chile, 1890-1930. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1984.

Perrin, E. M. Commentary. Vol. 30, 2013.

Remmer, K. “Elections and Economics in Contemporary Latin America.” Post-Reform Politics in Latin America: Competition, Transition, Collapse [Spanish Version: La Politica Posterior a La Reforma de Mercado En America Latina: Competencia, Transicion, Colapso, 2003], edited by Carol Wise and Riordan Roett, Brookings, 2003.

Remmer, K. “Democratization in Latin America.” Global Transformation and the Third World, edited by Robert O. Slater et al., Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1993.

Remmer, K. “Debt or Democracy? The Political Impact of the Debt Crisis in Latin America.” Financing Latin American Growth: Prospects for the 1990s, edited by David Felix, Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1990, pp. 63–78.

Remmer, K. “Evaluating the Policy Impact of Military Regimes in Latin America.” Armies and Politics in Latin America, Rev. Ed., edited by Abraham F. Lowenthal and J Samuel Fitch, New York: Homes and Meier, 1986.

Remmer, K. “Chile: The Breakdown of Democracy.” Latin America: Its Problems and Its Promise, edited by Jan Knippers Black, Boulder: Westview Press, 1984.

Merkx, G., and K. Remmer. “Mobilization and Demobilization in Latin America: The Role of Bureaucratic-Authoritarian Regimes.” Proceedings of the Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies, edited by J. J. Brasch, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1979, pp. 249–55.

Remmer, K. L. “Chile and the ’Peaceful’ Road to Socialism.” New Perspectives on Latin America, edited by Karen L. Remmer and Gilbert W. Merkx, New York: MSS Information Corp., 1976.

Minhas, S., and K. L. Remmer. “The Reputational Impact of Investor-State Disputes.” International Interactions, vol. 44, no. 5, Sept. 2018, pp. 862–87. Scopus, doi:10.1080/03050629.2018.1492384. Full Text

Remmer, K. L. “Exogenous shocks and democratic accountability: Evidence from the Caribbean.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 47, no. 8, Jan. 2014, pp. 1158–85. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0010414013488563. Full Text

Remmer, K. “Exogenous Shocks and Democratic Accountability.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. forthcoming, 2013.

Remmer, K. L. “The Rise of Leftist- Populist Governance in Latin America: The Roots of Electoral Change.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 45, no. 8, Aug. 2012, pp. 947–72. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0010414011428595. Full Text

Remmer, K. “The Rise of Leftist-Populist Governance in Latin America.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 45, Aug. 2012, pp. 947–72.

Remmer, K. L. “Political scale and electoral turnout: Evidence from the less industrialized world.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 43, no. 3, Mar. 2010, pp. 275–303. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0010414009352638. Full Text

Remmer, K. L. “Why do small states have big governments?.” European Political Science Review, vol. 2, no. 1, Jan. 2010, pp. 49–71. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S1755773909990221. Full Text

Remmer, K. “The Impact of Political Scale on Turnout.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 43, no. 3, 2010.

Remmer, K. L. “The politics of institutional change: Electoral reform in Latin America, 1978-2002.” Party Politics, vol. 14, no. 1, Jan. 2008, pp. 5–30. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1354068807083821. Full Text

Remmer, K. L. “The political economy of patronage: Expenditure patterns in the Argentine Provinces, 1983-2003.” Journal of Politics, vol. 69, no. 2, May 2007, pp. 363–77. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1468-2508.2007.00537.x. Full Text


Selected Grants

Doctoral Dissertation Research in Political Science: Political Competition and Public Good Provision in Multi-Tier Syste awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2008

Doctoral Dissertation in Political Science: Political Competition and the Regulation of Foreign Direct Investment awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2008

Doctoral Dissertation Research: The Political Economy of Mexico-US Migration: A View into the Sending Regions awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2007

Doctoral Dissertation Research: The Political Economy of Revenue and Regime Stability awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2006