William Barndt

William Barndt

Will Barndt received his PhD from Princeton University in 2008 and is currently an assistant professor of political science at the University of California at Riverside. His book manuscript, Democracy for Sale: Corporation-Based Parties and the New Conservative Politics in the Americas, argues that particular businesses – including breweries, retail chains, industrial and agro-industrial firms, and financial and media conglomerates – have begun constructing their own parties and party factions throughout much of the western hemisphere. The behavior of these “corporation-based parties” differs in predictable ways from other types of parties in the region. They thus constitute their own conservative party family with their own internal organizations, origins, campaign strategies, and policy agendas. Beyond the manuscript, Barndt has published articles on democracy, business politics, and economic policy in Latin American Politics & Society and World Politics, as well as in edited volumes.


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