Armando Razo is an associate professor of political science at Indiana University. He is a comparativist who studies the political economy of development with a focus on Latin America. His research agenda is built around two themes: (1) how formal and informal institutions in developing countries affect public policies and economic performance and (2) the study of political institutions and political organization in nondemocratic settings. He approaches these themes with an integrative methodology that combines economic history with institutional and social network analysis.
Razo is the author of Social Foundations of Limited Dictatorship (Stanford University Press, 2008) on policy making in dictatorships. He is coauthor with Stephen Haber and Noel Maurer of The Politics of Property Rights (Cambridge University, 2003). He has published articles in World Politics, the Journal of Economic History, and the Journal of Latin American Studies.