Emilia Arellano

Research Fellow

Emilia Arellano

  • Short CV

    • Since 10/2023: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS)
    • 08/2022-09/2023: Research Assitant at the GIGA in the project "COVID-19 and Executive Personalization in Subsaharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the MENA region".
    • 07/2022-01/2023: Intern for the advocacy team of the Children´s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. 
    • 10/2021-01/2022: Research Assitant at the Centre For Sustainability Management, Leuphana University. 
    • 08/2020-09/2020: Analyst Lawyer at the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court. 
    • Education: M.A. Public Economics, Law and Politics by the Leuphana University of Lüneburg; Constitucional Law Specialist by Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Quito; Lawyer by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito. 


    Current Research

    • Executive Personalization in Latin America 
    • Policy-making processes in democratic and authoritarian regimes
    • Power relations and rule of law

    Countries and Regions

    • Ecuador
    • El Salvador
    • Latin America and the Caribbean

    Emilia Arellano

    Research Fellow


    GIGA Working Papers | 01/2024

    Personnel, Institutions, and Power: Revisiting the Concept of Executive Personalisation

    Evidence shows a growing trend of chief executives personalising power in autocracies and democracies. Yet, scholarly focus remains siloed according to regime type. This Working Paper presents an overarching framework on the “Personalisation of Executive Power,” identifying the involved mechanisms.

    Research Project | 15/01/2022 - 14/12/2024

    COVID-19 and Executive Personalization in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the MENA Region

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, political leaders reacted by containment measures that, next to combating the spread of the pandemic, also presented a window of opportunity to bolster executives’ personal grasp on power. Personalization of power has been particularly worrying in the Global South where constraints on the chief executives were often already weak prior to the pandemic. This project assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the personalization of executive power in 36 countries of the Global South.
    DFG, 2021-2024


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