Prof Diego Sánchez-Ancochea

Professor of the Political Economy of Development

Diego Sánchez-Ancochea specialises in the political economy of Latin America with a particular focus on Central America. His research interests centre on the determinants of income inequality and the role of social policy in reducing it.

He has published extensively on these topics and others related to Latin American political economy in international journals such as World Development, the Journal of Latin American StudiesLatin American Politics and Society and Latin American Research Review. He is also the co-editor of four books and the co-author of two books with Juliana Martínez Franzoni: Good Jobs and Social Services: How Costa Rica Achieved the Elusive Double Incorporation (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Quest for Universal Social Policy in the South: Actors, Ideas and Architectures (Cambridge University Press). This recent book explores the determinants of universal social policy in the South - the topic he continues to work on at the moment.

He studied for his PhD in Economics at the New School for Social Research (New York) and previously taught at the Institute for the Study of the Americas (University of London) between 2003 and 2008. Professor Sanchez-Ancochea has been a visiting fellow at the University of Costa Rica, at FLACSO-Dominican Republic and the program Desigualdades (Berlin). He collaborates frequently with the ILO, UNDP, ECLAC, Oxford Analytica and other organisations.

He is co-editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies and member of the editorial boards of Oxford Development Studies (associate editor) and Development Policy Review. He is also director of the Latin American Centre and the upcoming treasurer of the Latin American Studies Association.

He will be a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute in the University of Notre Dame during 2018/19.

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Building universal social policy in the south
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Diego Sanchez-Ancochea teaches on the Economics, History and Politics and Development Studies courses for the MPhil in Development Studies. He also teaches an elective external module on the Ecomomics of Latin America at the Latin American Centre.

Research Students supervised

Claudia Contreras Rojas
Research Student
Santiago Izquierdo Tort
Research Student
Hayley Jones
Research Student
Cintia Kulzer Sacilotto
Research Student
Deepa Kurup
Research Student
Alexandra Panman
Research Student
Ignacio Schiappacasse
Research Student
Luis Vargas Faulbaum
Research Student (PRS)
Juan David Gutiérrez
Blavatnik School of Government

Books and monographs

Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with Juliana Martínez Franzoni) (2016) 'The Quest for Universal Social Policy in the South. Actors, Ideas and Architectures', Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with Salvador Martí i Puig) (eds) (2013) 'Handbook of Central American Governance', London: Routledge
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with Juliana Martínez Franzoni) (2013) 'Good Jobs and Social Services: How Costa Rica Achieved the Elusive Double Incorporation', Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with I Morgan) (eds) (2009) 'The Political Economy of the Budget in the Americas', Institute for the Study of the Americas
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with E Rugraff, A Sumner) (eds) (2009) 'Transnational Corporations and Development Policy: Critical Perspectives', Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with K Shadlen) (eds) (2008) 'The Political Economy of Hemispheric Integration in the Americas: Responding to Globalization', Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Journal articles and special issues

Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with Juliana Martínez Franzoni) (forthcoming) 'Undoing Segmentation? Latin American Health Care Policy During the Economic Boom', Social Policy & Administration
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with Juliana Martínez Franzoni) (forthcoming) 'Overcoming Segmentation in Social Policy? Comparing New Early Education and Child Care Efforts in Costa Rica and Uruguay', Bulletin of Latin American Research
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with Julio Revuelta López) (2016) 'Inequality in Latin America: an Introduction', Revista de Economía Mundial 43 15-20
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with Juliana Martínez Franzoni) (2014) 'Filling in the missing link between universalism and democracy: The case of Costa Rica', Latin American Politics and Society 56 (4) 98-118
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with Juliana Martínez Franzoni) (2014) 'The Double Challenge of Market and Social Incorporation: Progress and Bottlenecks in Latin America', Development Policy Review 32 (3) 275-98
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with Juliana Martínez Franzoni) (2013) 'Can Latin American production regimes complement universalistic welfare regimes? Implications from the Costa Rican case', Latin American Research Review 48 (2) 148-73
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (2012) 'A Fast Herd and a Slow Tortoise? Low Capabilities Accumulation and the Middle Income Trap in the Dominican Republic', Studies in Comparative International Development 47(2) 208-30
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with L Mattei) (2011) 'Bolsa Familia, Poverty and Inequality: Political and Economic Effects in the Short and Long Run', Global Social Policy 11 299-318
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (2009) 'State, Firms and the Process of Industrial Upgrading: Latin America's Variety of Capitalism and the Costa Rican Experience', Economy and Society 38(1) 62-86

Chapters

Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (2016) 'The Political Economy of Inequality at the Top in contemporary Chile'. In L Bertola, J Williamson (eds) Has Latin American Inequality Changed Direction?: Looking Over the Long Run , Springer for IDB and the World Bank
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with Juliana Martínez Franzoni) (2016) 'Regímenes del bienestar en América Latina: tensiones entre universalización y segmentación'. In E Del Pino, MJ Rubio Lara (eds) Los Estados del Bienestar en la encrucijada: Polítias sociales en perspectiva comparada , Tecnos
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with Juliana Martínez Franzoni) (2015) 'Public Social Services and Income Inequality'. In J Berg (ed) Labour Markets, Institutions and Inequality: Building Just Societies in the 21st Century , Edward Elgar and International Labour Organisation
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with Juliana Martínez Franzoni) (2014) 'Incorporation and Regionalism in Latin America'. In E Vivares (ed) Exploring the New South American Regionalism , London: Ashgate
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with Alverto Cortes, Gerardo Hernandez) (2013) 'Costa Rica'. In D Sanchez-Ancochea, S Marti i Puig (eds) Handbook of Central American Governance , London: Routledge
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (2013) 'Does Globalization Help to Overcome the 'Challenge of Development?' Political Actors and Economic Rents in Central America and the Dominican Republic'. In E Paus (ed) Getting Development Right. Structural Transformation, Inclusion and Sustainability in the Post-Crisis Era , Palgrave McMillan
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with C Caumartin) (2011) 'Explaining a Contradictory Record: The Case of Guatemala'. In A Langer, F Stewart, R Venugopal (eds) Horizontal Inequalities and Post-conflict Development , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with I Morgan) (2009) 'Introduction: The Political Economy of the Budgets in Comparative Perspective'. In D Sanchez-Ancochea, I Morgan (eds) The Political Economy of the Budget in the Americas , Institute for the Study of the Americas
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (2009) 'Are North-South Trade Agreements Good for FDI-led Development? The Case of DR-CAFTA'. In E Rugraff, D Sanchez-Ancochea and A Sumner (eds) Transnational Corporations and Development Policy: Critical Perspectives , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with E Rugraff, A Sumner) (2009) 'How Have TNCs Changed in the Last Fifty Years?'. In E Rugraff, D Sanchez-Ancochea and A Sumner (eds) Transnational Corporations and Development Policy: Critical Perspectives , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with E Rugraff, A Sumner) (2009) 'What Do We Know About Development Impacts?'. In E Rugraff, D Sanchez-Ancochea and A Sumner (eds) Critical Perspectives on Transnational Corporations and Development Policy , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (2009) 'Public Budgets and Income Inequality in Latin America: A Comparative Perspective'. In D Sanchez-Ancochea, I Morgan (eds) The Political Economy of the Budget in the Americas , Institute for the Study of the Americas
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (with K Shadlen) (2008) 'Globalization, Integration and Economic Development in the Americas'. In D Sanchez Ancochea, K Shalden (eds) The Political Economy of Hemispheric Integration in the Americas: Responding to Globalization , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego (2008) 'State and Society: The Political Economy of DR-CAFTA in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador'. In D Sanchez Ancochea, K Shalden (eds) The Political Economy of Hemispheric Integration in the Americas: Responding to Globalization , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
09 August, 2018
Masooda Bano, Diego Sánchez-Ancochea awarded title of Professor
24 April, 2017
Four ODID staff shortlisted for five OUSU Teaching Awards
18 November, 2016
New book: The Quest for Universal Social Policy co-authored by Diego Sanchez-Ancochea
10 June, 2014
Diego Sanchez-Ancochea Named Co-Editor of Journal of Latin American Studies
07 May, 2014
ODID Co-Organises 3rd Annual Seminar on Advancing Good Governance in International Development
11 April, 2014
Diego Sanchez-Ancochea Wins LASA Prize for Co-Authored Article on Costa Rica
11 December, 2013
Diego Sanchez-Ancochea Co-authors New CROP Poverty Brief on Social Policy Architecture and Poverty Eradication in the Post-MDGs Agenda
28 November, 2013
Handbook of Central American Governance: New Book Co-Edited by Diego Sanchez-Ancochea
07 August, 2013
New Book: Good Jobs and Social Services Co-authored by Diego Sanchez Ancochea
07 Feb, 2017
'What is at stake for Latin America today?'. Diego Sanchez Ancochea contributes to an expert panel for the Guardian
05 Feb, 2017
'The human cost for Central Americans could be very big'. Diego Sanchez-Ancochea comments in Sunday Times as Mexico floats end to border cooperation with US
21 Nov, 2016
'¿Cuál será el impacto real de Trump en América Latina?'. Diego Sánchez-Ancochea writes for Agenda Publica
Research interests:

Income inequality; social policy; industrial policy; state-society relations; political economy.