Francisco Panizza is Professor in Latin American and Comparative Politics in the Department of Government. Francisco is currently setting up an Observatory on the peace process in Colombia within the Latin America and Caribbean Centre. Francisco joined the LSE in 1995 having previously worked in the Research Department of the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, The University of Essex, The Universidad de la República (Montevideo) and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM). He has been a visiting professor in universities in Argentina, Brazil, France, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and Uruguay. Francisco’s main research interests are democratic politics, human rights, populism, the politics of state reform and the politics and policies of the countries of Mercosur. He has written extensively about democracy and development, populism and about left of centre governments in Latin America. Among his main publications are Conceptualizing Comparative Politics (ed. With Anthony Peter Spanakos) (Routledge 2016) Moments of Truth: The Politics of Financial Crises in Comparative Perspective ( ed. With George Philip) (Routledge 2014); The Triumph of Politics: The Return of the Left in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador (with George Philip) (Polity 2011); Contemporary Latin America. Development and Democracy Beyond the Washington Consensus (Zed 2009), Populism and the Mirror of Democracy (Verso, 2005) and Unarmed Utopia Revisited: The Resurgence of Left of Centre Politics in Latin America (Political Studies, 2005). He is currently working on a comparative project on the politics of patronage in Latin America.