Research Interests : International aspects of democratisation, the relationship between democratisation and economic liberalisation. Main focus: Latin America.
Laurence Whitehead is an Official Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and Senior Fellow of the College. During 2005/6 he served as Acting Warden of the College. In March 2011 he takes up a one-year post as Senior Proctor of the University. His most recent books are Latin America: A New Interpretation, (Palgrave, 2006), second revised updated edition 2010, and Democratization: Theory and Experience (OUP, 2002). His most recent edited publication is The Obama Administration and the Americas: Shifting the Balance (Brookings Press, 2010 ) which he produced jointly with Abraham F. Lowenthal and Theodore J. Piccone. Among recent articles there is 'Losing ‘the Force’? The Dark Side of democratization after Iraq' in Democratization, April 2009 and 'The Crash of “08”' in the Journal of Democracy, January 2010 and 'International dimensions of Political Change in the MENA Region', Journal of Democracy 2010) and is co-editor with John Crabtree Unresolved Tensions: Bolivia Past and Present (Pittsburgh U.P. 2008) and (jointly with Marcelo Bergman) Citizen Security in Latin America (Notre Dame U.P. 2009).
He is editor of an Oxford University Press series,'Studies in Democratization' and President of the Conseil Scientifique of the Institut des Ameriques in Paris, and belongs to the steering committee of the Red Eurolatinoamericano de Gobernabilidad para el Desarrollo.