Bastián González-Bustamante

Bastián González-Bustamante

DPhil (PhD) Researcher

University of Oxford

I am completing my DPhil (PhD) dissertation in the Department of Politics and International Relations and St Hilda’s College at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Before starting the DPhil in October 2019, I earned an MA (1st) in Political Science and a BA (2:1) in Government, both from the Universidad de Chile. Moreover, I served as a lecturer at the Universidad de Santiago and Universidad de Chile and as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

My doctoral research is supervised by Professor Petra Schleiter and focuses on cabinets’ stability in Latin American presidential democracies. In my DPhil project, I combine the principal-agent theory elements to evaluate the actors’ incentives and strategies in presidential systems. My data gathering strategy is based on archives revision using Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Natural Language Processing (NLP), and machine learning techniques. In addition, my empirical strategy employs propensity scores and matching methods, competing risks models, and IV estimations.

My research is funded by the Chilean National Agency for Research and Development, the St Hilda’s College Muriel Wise Fund and the Society for Latin American Studies Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Research Award.

  • Cabinets composition
  • Ministerial turnover
  • Presidential systems
  • Political elites
  • Civil services
  • Crisis management
  • DPhil (PhD) in Politics, 2019-

    University of Oxford

  • MA in Political Science, 2010-2013

    Universidad de Chile

  • BA in Government, 2004-2009

    Universidad de Chile

Featured Publications

(2022). Cabinet Reshuffles and Parliamentary No‑Confidence Motions. Government and Opposition. FirstView.

PDF DOI Preprint

(2022). Ministerial Stability During Presidential Approval Crises: The Moderating Effect of Ministers’ Attributes on Dismissals in Brazil and Chile. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, forthcoming.

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(2022). Power Hierarchies and Visibility in the News: Exploring Determinants of Politicians’ Presence and Prominence in the Chilean Press (1991-2019). The International Journal of Press/Politics. Online First.


(2021). Motivación de servicio público entre funcionarios públicos chilenos. Revista del CLAD Reforma y Democracia, 81, 105-138.


Publication Record


9 articles


4 articles / 5 articles

Book Chapters

12 chapters


14 articles

Data Collection

3 projects

Relevant Experience

Universidad de Santiago
Aug 2014 – Sep 2019 Santiago
Universidad de Chile
Sep 2013 – Jul 2016 Santiago

Relevant Awards

St Hilda’s College Muriel Wise Fund and Travel and Book Grants

Research support grant for my DPhil (PhD) project and allowances for participation in conferences and purchase of books, £2,255. Oxford, United Kingdom.

Becas Chile Doctoral Scholarship Abroad

Tuition fees, transport and living expenses for pursuing a DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford (ANID/PFCHA/72200340), £160,000. Oxford, United Kingdom.