Books in Review: Comparing Latin Democracies

July 2011

A review of The Quality of Democracy in Latin America, edited by Daniel H. Levine and José E. Molina.

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The Politics of Personality in Brazil

April 2011

Dilma Rousseff won the 2010 presidential election as the handpicked successor of a towering political personality. Now she must assert firm sway over a ruling party and coalition to which she has remarkably slender ties, and face new challenges that her country cannot meet with “more of the same.”

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Latin America’s Gay-Rights Revolution

April 2011

Even before Argentina’s landmark gay-marriage law was passed in July 2010, a gay-rights revolution was well underway across Latin America. But do gay rights by law equal acceptance of gays in practice?

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Latin America’s Growing Security Gap

January 2011

Striking the right balance between freedom and security is hard, especially in Latin America. Hybrid forces combining military and police elements may be the best means for meeting security challenges without imperiling freedom.

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Latin America: A Surge to the Center

January 2011

The left-right ideological divide has begun to narrow in Latin America as citizens and leaders increasingly choose a pragmatic approach to politics and embrace the rules of the democratic game.

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