The House of Contradiction

Hosted by the School of Public Policy and the Latin America and Caribbean Centre

Online public event


Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez

Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez

Professor Vanessa Rubio-Márquez

Professor Vanessa Rubio-Márquez



Professor Andrés Velasco

Professor Andrés Velasco

A conversation about the book The House of Contradiction by Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, chaired by the Dean of the School of Public Policy, Andrés Velasco. 

The House of Contradiction is a political essay that analyses the brief history of Mexican democracy. Based on deep exploration on the nature of liberal democracy and its contemporary challenges, it ponders the limitations of the two democratic experiences of the twenty first century: the technocratic disfigurement of democracy and the populist demolition of liberal institutions.

Meet our speakers and chair

Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez (@jshm00) is Professor at Escuela de Gobierno y Transformación Pública (School of Government and Public Transformation) of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He studied Law in Mexico's National University and did graduate studies on Political Science at Columbia University in New York. He has been a Woodrow Wilson International Scholar and a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University, Columbia University, the New School University, and the University of Chicago. In 2013 he was elected a member of the Academia Mexicana de la Lengua (Mexican Academy of Language). He writes a weekly syndicated column based on the newspaper Reforma and has written several books on Mexican politics and Political Theory. His book The Idiocy of Perfection. In 2020 he published a collection of essays titled Por la tangente and in 2021 La casa de la contradicción (The House of Contradiction).

Vanessa Rubio Márquez (@VRubioMarquez) is Professor in Practice at the School of Public Policy at LSE.

Andrés Velasco (@AndresVelasco) is Professor of Public Policy and Dean of the School of Public Policy at LSE.

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The Latin America and Caribbean Centre (@LSE_LACC) is the focal point for LSE’s research and public engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean, the Centre builds upon the School’s long and important relationship with the region.

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