Latin America: A Setback for Chávez

January 2011

Hugo Chávez has been running a bounded competitive-authoritarian regime for some time, but its ability to compete is now slipping. Will this tend to make it less authoritarian—or even more so?

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Latin America: Colombia After Uribe

January 2011

Often thought of as a “nascent” democracy, Colombia actually has longstanding democratic institutions. In 2010, they were effective in determining who would succeed a highly popular, two-term president.

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Latin America: Democracy with Development

October 2010

Latin America’s hard-won democratic gains must be defended by addressing he economic disparities fueling a drift toward populism.

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Chile: Are the Parties Over?

July 2010

For the first time since the fall of Pinochet, the Chilean right has come to power via free elections. The long-ruling center-left coalition leaves behind many achievements, but also disturbing signs of a weakened party system.

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Documents on Democracy, July 2010

July 2010
  • Excerpts from remarks presented by newly elected Chilean president Sebastián Piñera upon signing a set of proposed laws for the strengthening of democracy to be submitted to the Congress.
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