Benjamin Garcia Holgado
Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, International Relations
Areas of Interest: political regimes, party systems, and case study methods
I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a Kellogg Institute PhD Fellow. I am also honored to be the recipient of a Notre Dame Presidential Fellowship. I hold a BA in Political Science (Universidad de San Andrés) and an MA in Political Science (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella). Before coming to Notre Dame, I gained research experience as well as financial support from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Argentina (2012-2017). I was also teaching assistant in several subjects at different universities in Buenos Aires (2011-2017).
In my previous work, I explained how the institutional design of the past authoritarian regimes and the radicalization of preferences in Chile and Argentina allowed Pinochet to successfully impose a constitution while it blocked the Argentine military from implementing a stable political regime. Also, looking at the coup d’état in Argentina in 1955, I showed how even the most stable competitive authoritarian regimes can be rapidly destabilized by the level of radicalization of preferences.
My research interests include the impact of actors’ preferences and international variables on political regime stability, as well as the usefulness of the comparative method and process tracing to assess the workings of causal mechanisms in explaining contrasting outcomes in different cases.