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Andrea Castagnola

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  • E-postAndrea.Castagnola@uib.no
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My research career has been focused firstly, on studying the determinants of the lack of judicial independence in developing democracies, with a focus on Latin America, and second, on applying innovative quantitative techniques. I developed a novel argument to account for the lack of independent courts in Latin America, which is reflected in three journal articles, two book chapters and a book manuscript about the manipulation of courts in the region (ready for submission in nine months). I also conducted in-depth research on how politicians control supreme courts in Argentina and Mexico so as to enhance our understanding of the particularities of the phenomenon. The findings of the Argentine case appear in one journal article, one book and one book manuscript (under review). The findings for the Mexican case are reflected in the forthcoming edited book (translated into Spanish), in two book chapters, and in book manuscript which is currently being written about the challenges of building an independent supreme court. During these years I have conducted extensive data collection in 9 Latin American countries, creating five novel datasets that allow me to empirically test my theory using cutting-edge quantitative method techniques. Over half of these academic records mentioned are scientific level 2 journals or publishing houses at the Norsk Senter for Forskningsdata.

Utvalgte publikasjoner
  • Perez-Linan, Anibal; Castagnola, Andrea. 2009. Presidential Control of High Courts in Latin America: A Long Term View (1904-2006). Journal of Politics in Latin America. 1: 87-114.
  • Morgenstern, Scott; Swindle, Stephen M.; Castagnola, Andrea. 2009. Party Nationalization and Institutions. Journal of Politics. 71: 1322-1341.
  • Castagnola, Andrea; Perez-Linan, Anibal; Lara Borges, Oswald. 2012. Diseño constitucional y estabilidad judicial en América Latina, 1900-2009. Política y Gobierno. XIX: 3-40.
  • Castagnola, Andrea. 2012. I Want It All, and I Want It Now: The Political Manipulation of Argentina’s Provincial High Courts. Journal of Politics in Latin America. 4: 39-62.
  • Pérez-Liñán, Aníbal; Castagnola, Maria Andrea. 2016. Judicial instability and endogenous constitutional change: lessons from Latin America. British Journal of Political Science. 46: 395-416. doi: 10.1017/S0007123414000295

Professor:

  • Multivariate Data Analysis (MA level) University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  • Judicial politics (PhD and MA level) FLACSO-México
  • Comparative Politics III (B.A. Level). Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
  • Modern Political Theory (Ph.D. Level) FLACSO- México
  • The Judiciary and Politics, offered at the Supreme Court of Mexico

Teaching assistant:

  • Applied Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (M.A.Level) Hertie School of Governance (Berlin, Germany)
  • Politics and Society in Latin America (Undergraduate Level) Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
 

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Aníbal Pérez-Liñán and Andrea Castagnola. 2016. "Judicial Instability and Endogenous Constitutional Change: Lessons from Latin America". British Journal of Political Science. 46(2): 395-416.

Andrea Castagnola. 2012. “I Want It All, and I Want It Now: The Political Manipulation of Argentina’s Provincial High Courts” Journal of Politics in Latin America Vol. No.2: 39-62

Lara Borges, Oswald, Andrea Castagnola and Aníbal Pérez Liñán. 2012. "Diseño constitucional y estabilidad judicial en América Latina, 1900-2009." (Constitutional design and judicial stability in Latin America). Política y Gobierno Vol. XIX No. 1 (3-40).

Castagnola Andrea. 2010. "La diversidad institucional de los Poderes Judiciales provinciales en Argentina desde una perspectiva histórica." (A historical perspective of the institutional diversity of provincial judiciaries in Argentina) POSTData 15 (2):161-89.

Morgenstern Scott, Stephen M. Swindle and Andrea Castagnola. 2009. “Party Nationalization and Institutions” The Journal of Politics. Vol. 71, Issue 4, p 1322-1341

Pérez Liñán Aníbal and Andrea Castagnola. 2009 “Presidential Control of High Courts in Latin America: A Long Term View (1904-2006)” Journal of Politics in Latin America Vol.1 No.2: 87-114

Andrea Castagnola. 2006. “Political Scandals and the Dynamics of Politics in Latin America”  MACLAS – Latin American Essays Vol. XIX

Books

Andrea Castagnola and Saúl López Noriega (eds.) Judicial Politics in Mexico: The Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy. Routledge: New York (Forthcoming 2017) [Translated version]

Andrea Castagnola and Saúl López Noriega (eds.). El Rol de la Suprema Corte en la Consolidación Democrática en México. IIJ-UNAM and Tirant lo Blanch: Mexico (Forthcoming 2016)

Andrea Castagnola. 2010. Estudio Comparado de las Constituciones y Marco Normativo de las Cortes Supremas Provinciales de Argentina: 1983-2008. (Comparative study of Argentine provincial Constitutions and norms that regulate Argentine Provinacial Supreme Courts: 1983-2008) Buenos Aires: Asociación por los Derechos Civiles.

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

Andrea Castagnola and Saúl López Noriega. “Are Mexican Justices True Arbitrers Among Political Elites? An Empirical Analysis of the Court´s rulings from 2000-2011” In Judicial Politics in Mexico: The Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy, ed. A. Castagnola and S. López Noriega. Routledge: New York (Forthcoming 2017) [Translated version]

Andrea Castagnola and Saúl López Noriega. “¿Son los Ministros Verdaderos Árbitros entre las Elites Políticas?.” In El Rol de la Suprema Corte en la Consolidación Democrática en México, ed. A. Castagnola and S. López Noriega. IIJ-UNAM and Tirant lo Blanch: Mexico (Forthcoming 2016)

Andrea Castagnola and Saúl López Noriega. “The Supreme Court and the (no) Rights Revolution. An Empirical Analysis of the Court´s rulings from 2000-2011” In Judicial Politics in Mexico: The Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy, ed. A. Castagnola and S. López Noriega. Routledge: New York (Forthcoming 2017) [Translated version]

Andrea Castagnola and Saúl López Noriega. “La Suprema Corte y la (no)Revolución de Derechos.” In El Rol de la Suprema Corte en la Consolidación Democrática en México, ed. A. Castagnola and S. López Noriega. IIJ-UNAM and Tirant lo Blanch: Mexico (Forthcoming 2016)

Cesar Valderrama and Andrea Castagnola. 2015. “Cortes Activas en la defensa de los Derechos Humanos: evolución de la política sobre los desplazados en Colombia.” In Los Derechos Humanos y la violencia: Estado, instituciones y sociedad civil, eds. Karina Ansolabehere, Sandra Serrano y Luis Daniel Vazquez. Universidad de Los Andes: Colombia.

Andrea Castagnola and Aníbal Pérez Liñán. 2011."Bolivia: The Rise (an Fall) of Judicial Review." In Courts in Latin America, ed. G. Helmke and J. Rios-Figueroa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Andrea Castagnola and Aníbal Pérez Liñán. 2011. “Bolivia: el ascenso (y caída) del control constitucional”. En Tribunales Constitucionales en América Latina, ed. G. Helmke and J. Rios-Figueroa. Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación. [Translated version of chapter in Courts in Latin America]

Andrea Castagnola. 2003. “Participatory Monitoring of Land and Housing Policy in the Municipality of Quilmes, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. Community Council on Land and Housing Policy” In Voice, Eyes and Ears. Social Accountability in Latin America. Case Studies on Mechanisms of Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (69-78) Latin America and the Caribbean Region World Bank: Washington DC.

Non-Peer Reviewed Working Papers and Articles:

Lara Borges, Oswald, Andrea Castagnola andy Aníbal Pérez Liñán. 2011. "Estructura institucional e inestabilidad en las cortes latinoamericanas." (Institutional structure and instabilitity in Latin American high courts). Documento de Trabajo No. 5, Instituto de Iberoamérica, Universidad de Salamanca, España.

Castagnola Andrea. 2010. “A Long History of Political Manipulation of the Supreme Courts in Central America and the Caribbean, 1900-2009”. Working Paper No. 24. Centro de Estudios y Programas Interamericanos, ITAM. México City.

Book reviews:

Castagnola, Andrea. 2012. Judicial Power and Strategic Communication in Mexico by Staton, Jeffrey K. Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp 408–409

Morgenstern Scott and Andrea Castagnola. 2007. Review of Manuel Alcántara Sáez, Mercedes García Montero, and Francisco Sánchez López 'El poder legislativo en América Latina a través de sus normas' Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 39, Issue 3 pp 682-683

Articles and book manuscripts on progress

  • Once Upon a Time: Disentangling a Long History of Political Manipulations in the Argentine National Supreme Court (journal article under review)
  • Manipulation of Courts in New Democracy (book manuscript under review)
  • Manipulation of high courts in Latin America 1900-2010 (book manuscript coauthor with Aníbal Pérez Liñán)
  • Building independent courts in Mexico (book manuscript coauthor with Saúl López Noriega)  

(Photo: Nopardol Pao/Studvest) 

Publications in national current research information system (CRIStin)

I am coordinating the unit Courts and Judicial Independence at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation CMI-UiB.

Description of the Unit about Courts and Judicial Independence:

Independent and robust courts are key to democratic governance and citizens´ wellbeing. Courts are empowered to protect minority rights and act as a countervailing force within the political system to secure the delicate balance among the different branches of government and political actors. However, there is much debate revolving on the following two areas: (1) what it is that makes judges independent, and (2) what it is that makes courts – and individual judges – behave and decide the way they do in different types of cases. Most of the literature focuses on the USA or the EU and much less in known about other parts of the world. The projects and activities within this unit seek to broaden this base by studying the functioning of courts and judges in parts of the world that have received less attention such as Norway and Latin-America, and by refining the methodological tools.

For more information about the unit and the projects please visit: http://www.lawandsocialtransformation.no/category/courts/

The political manipulation of High Courts in Latin America:

 The Mexican Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy

 Manipulating Courts in New Democracies. Forcing Judges off the Bench in Argentina