Lessons from Latin America: Building Institutions on Weak Foundations

April 2013

A particular pattern of institutional change—“serial replacement”—is dominant in Latin America and other developing countries with weak institutional contexts. This pattern is characterized by institutional change that is both frequent and radical.

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Lessons from Latin America: The Rise of Rentier Populism

April 2013

Latin America’s much-discussed political “left turn” has taken two very different forms. Why has the region’s commodities boom led some left-turn states to move toward “plebiscitarian superpresidentialism,” while others have resisted this temptation?

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Lessons from Latin America: Democratic Breakdown and Survival

April 2013

Why do democracies survive or fail? An empirical study of Latin America finds that the fate of democracies depends largely on the regional political context, as well as the level of actors’ commitment to democracy and policy moderation.

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Mexico’s 2012 Elections: The Return of the PRI

January 2013

In July voting, the PRI regained control of the presidency that it had held for seven decades prior to the year 2000. Is this a “new” PRI, or will it return to its old authoritarian ways?

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The Surprising Success of Multiparty Presidentialism

July 2012

Until recently, political scientists argued that democracy had poor chances of survival in a multiparty presidential regime. Latin America’s recent experience tells a different story.

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