José Antonio Hernández Company

Ph.D. Candidate / Comparative Politics


Jose Antonio H. Company

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago. My field of specialization is Comparative Politics –with a regional focus on Latin America. My research interests include the study of authoritarian regimes, political parties, democratic transitions and programmatic/clientelistic linkages.

In particular, I am interested in understanding the rationale of opposition party formation in autocratic settings and in examining how parties created during an authoritarian period relate themselves with the electorate after democratization. My dissertation, thus, provides a novel argument to understand why, in newly established democracies, some political parties utilize programmatic appeals to mobilize the electorate while others opt for clientelism to acquire a following and win elections. The main thrust of the dissertation’s argument is simple: history matters in the sense that the contextual conditions present at the time of party emergence in autocratic environments highly influence parties’ linkage strategies once competitive elections come about after a democratic transition [see more]. The project has been funded by a Harper Dissertation Year Fellowship (University of Chicago) and by the Mexican government (Secretaría de Educación Pública and CONACYT).