Alumni profile

Luis Mejia Guinand

Thesis: The Changing Role of the Central Planning Offices in Latin America, A Comparative Historical Analysis Perspective (1950-2013), 2014

Promotor(s): Mark Bevir & Angelika Rettberg

Luis Mejia is an anthropologist and political scientist with a master degree in public policy. He has ten years experience in the public sector both as a practitioner and as a consultant in topics related with planning and policy evaluation in his country, Colombia. In addition, Luis has worked in research projects regarding budgetary institutions and the relationship between the executive and legislative around infrastructure expenditure.

Currently, Mr. Mejia’s research interest is about the evolving role of the central planning offices in Latin America.  

Research title:
The Evolving Role of the Central Planning Offices in Latin America: A Political Transaction Cost Perspective

Main research question:
Under what conditions are the central planning agencies designed, reproduced, and changed in Latin America?

This research analyses the conditions that determine the structural design of administrative agencies in Latin America. The theory posits that variations in administrative design across agencies reflect the interplay of political forces at the moment of the organization’s creation. Theory also suggests that the essence of creating an organization is to impose transaction costs on coalitions that want to change the original design. To determine whether the facts meet theoretical expectations a comparative case study research design is proposed. In particular, the study examines variation across countries and time in the structural design of the central planning offices in Colombia, Uruguay, and Peru.


Selected publications by Luis Mejia Guinand