Events at the IOP

  1. Machine Gun Politics: Why politicians Cooperate with Criminal Groups

    Wednesday March 10 - 12:00pm

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    Why do politicians cooperate peacefully with organized criminal groups? Interactions between organized criminal groups and politicians are often either depicted as coercive or where the politician is a member
    of the criminal group. Using mixed-methods research on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this project shows that there is a third explanation for cooperation: politicians willingly engage with organized criminal groups
    at arms-length when it is in their electoral interest to seek out these arrangements and when they have a low chance of being caught.

    Presented by Jessie Bullock, PhD Candidate in Government, Harvard University

    Discussants: Professor Ignacio Cano, Professor of Sociology, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro;
    Professor Ben Lessing, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
    Moderated by Professor Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

    Presented in collaboration with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.


  2. Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell, and the Rest: Power Dynamics on the Hill (And How the Media Covers Them)

    Thursday March 11 - 6:00pm

    Between the Republicans and Democrats, the House and the Senate, and a myriad of other offices and departments that make up the federal government, the power dynamics in Washington are ever-shifting and nothing if not predictable. Join the Harvard Political Union in a discussion with Andrew Taylor, National Staff Writer, Associated Press, on how these power dynamics impact our government and how the media covers them.

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