Gerardo L. Munck

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Gerardo L. Munck
Born (1958-10-13) October 13, 1958 (age 62)
Alma materUniversity of California, San Diego
Known forComparative politics

Gerardo L. Munck (born October 13, 1958)[citation needed] is a professor of political Science and international relations at the University of Southern California.


Munck earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, a Master's in Latin American Studies at Stanford University, and his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).[2]


Munck works in the field of comparative politics specializing in political regimes and democracy, methodology, and politics in Latin America.[3][4]

United Nations Development Programme work[edit]

Munck collaborated with Dante Caputo and Guillermo O'Donnell in the preparation of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) report Democracy in Latin America. Toward a Citizens’ Democracy (2004).[5]

He also worked with Dante Caputo on a second regional report on democracy in Latin America prepared by the UNDP and the Organization of American States (OAS), Nuestra democracia (2010).[6]

With the UNDP, he elaborated a system to monitor corruption in Afghanistan,[7] and wrote background papers for the UNDP regional reports on Asia and the Pacific on corruption and gender equality.[8]

Organization of American States work[edit]

Munck developed a methodology to monitor elections for the Organization of American States (OAS).[9]

Open Government Partnership work[edit]

Munck was a member of the inaugural International Experts Panel of the Open Government Partnership.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Munck's grandmother is swimmer Lilian Harrison. His brother is sociologist Ronaldo Munck.[11]

Selected publications[edit]


A Middle-Quality Institutional Trap: Democracy and State Capacity in Latin America (with Sebastián L. Mazzuca; Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Measuring Democracy. A Bridge between Scholarship and Politics (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

Passion, Craft, and Method in Comparative Politics (with Richard Snyder; Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).

Authoritarianism and Democratization. Soldiers and Workers in Argentina, 1976-83 (Penn State University Press, 1998).

Edited Volumes[edit]

La calidad de la democracia: Perspectivas desde América Latina (Quito, Ecuador: CELAEP and Fundación Hans Seidel, 2013); Co-editor with Sebastián Mantilla Baca. [10]

Regimes and Democracy in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2007).

“Regimes and Democracy in Latin America,” with David Collier. Special Issue of Studies in Comparative International Development 36, 1 (Spring 2001): 3–141. [11]


"Building Blocks and Methodological Challenges: A Framework for Studying Critical Junctures," with David Collier, Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, 2017. [12]

"What is Democracy? A Reconceptualization of the Quality of Democracy." Democratization, 23, 1 (2016): 1-26. [13]

"Building Democracy … Which Democracy? Ideology and Models of Democracy in Post-Transition Latin America." Government and Opposition, 50, 3 (2015): 364-93. [14]

"State or Democracy First? Alternative Perspectives on the State-Democracy Nexus," with Sebastián L. Mazzuca. Democratization 21, 7 (2014): 1221-43. [15]

"Democratic Politics in Latin America: New Debates and Research Frontiers." Annual Review of Political Science 7 (2004): 437-62. [16]

"Tools for Qualitative Research," pp. 105–21, in Henry E. Brady and David Collier (eds.), Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards (Boulder, Col. and Berkeley, Cal.: Rowman & Littlefield and Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2004).

"Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy: Evaluating Alternative Indices," with Jay Verkuilen. Comparative Political Studies 35, 1 (2002): 5-34. [17]

"The Regime Question: Theory Building in Democracy Studies." World Politics 54, 1 (2001): 119-44. [18]

"Game Theory and Comparative Politics: New Perspectives and Old Concerns." World Politics 53, 2 (2001): 173-204. [19]

"Modes of Transition and Democratization. South America and Eastern Europe in Comparative Perspective," with Carol Leff. Comparative Politics 29, 3 (1997): 343-62. [20]

"Disaggregating Political Regime: Conceptual Issues in the Study of Democratization." Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies Working Paper 228 (1996). [21]


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  2. ^ Munck CV. [1].
  3. ^ Gerardo L. Munck and Jay Verkuilen, “Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy: Evaluating Alternative Indices,” Comparative Political Studies 35, 1 (2002): 5-34 [2] ; Gerardo L. Munck , Measuring Democracy: A Bridge Between Scholarship and Politics (Baltimore, Md.: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).
  4. ^ Gerardo L. Munck, “The Study of Politics and Democracy: Touchstones of a Research Agenda,” pp. 25-37, in Gerardo L. Munck (ed.), Regimes and Democracy in Latin America. Theories and Methods (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007); Gerardo L. Munck, “What is Democracy? A Reconceptualization of the Quality of Democracy,” Democratization 23, 1 (2016): 1-26. [3]
  5. ^ United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Democracy in Latin America. Toward a Citizens’ Democracy (New York and Buenos Aires: UNDP and Aguilar, Altea, Taurus, Alfaguara, 2004). [4].
  6. ^ OAS (Organization of American States) and UNDP, Nuestra Democracia (México: OAS, UNDP and Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2010). Spanish version: [5]; english version: [6].
  7. ^ Angela Hawken and Gerardo L. Munck, “A Corruption Monitoring System for Afghanistan,” UNDP Accountability and Transparency (ACT) project, Kabul, Afghanistan, July 2008.
  8. ^ See, respectively, UNDP Asia Pacific Human Development Report, Tackling Corruption, Transforming Lives (2008) [7] and UNDP Asia Pacific Human Development Report, Power, Voice and Rights: A Turning Point for Gender Equality in Asia and the Pacific (2010). [8].
  9. ^ Methods for Election Observation: A Manual for OAS Election Observation Missions (Washington, D.C.: Organization of American States, October 2007). [9].
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