Susan Appe will discuss her research on civil society-state relations in Ecuador over the course of the last ten years. In particular, she will outline the environment for civil society organizations (CSOs) during the years of President Rafael Correa’s presidency (2007 – 2017). The research assesses the parallels (and observes the differences) across the rhetoric and the context created for CSOs by President Correa’s presidency and the emergent context for CSOs in the U.S. under President Trump. Professor Appe’s talk will focus on lessons learned by Ecuadorian CSOs, in particular, their adaptive strategies under rising populism and heightened, tense political discourse. Using a South-North cooperation framework, the paper centers on Ecuador to U.S. cooperation but it will also be a contribution applicable to others contexts—in the Global South and Global North—in which civil society has been targeted and is facing the consequences of rising populism.
Professor Appe’s research focuses on civil society-state relations and the characteristics and evolution of organized civil society working in economic and social development, human rights and advocacy, and humanitarian relief in both developed and developing countries. Her research has focused on the shifting political, regulatory, and funding environments for civil society, particularly in Latin America. Currently, she has active research projects examining: (1) government policy targeted toward civil society organizations (CSOs); (2) how and why CSOs form civil society networks and the implications of doing so; and (3) the shifts in the foreign aid architecture and its implications for civil society, including the role of CSOs in South-South development cooperation. Since 2012, Dr. Appe has been on the faculty of the Department of Public Administration at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. Dr. Appe received her PhD in Public Administration and Policy from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY.
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