Nicaragua: A Return to Caudillismo

April 2017

With the ruling FSLN’s one-sided triumph in the November 2016 elections, Nicaraguan democracy underwent further erosion. The emerging authoritarian party-state, far from being a leftist revolutionary government, is becoming a neopatrimonial dictatorship in an older Latin American style.

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Peru: A Close Win for Continuity

October 2016

Peru’s economic boom is over and newly elected president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski faces a Congress dominated by opposition parties, putting him in a more precarious position than his predecessors.

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Delegative Democracy Revisited: More Inclusion, Less Liberalism in Bolivia

July 2016

Over the last decade or so, Bolivia has made great progress at wider political and social inclusion, but at some cost to civil liberties and horizontal accountability.

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Delegative Democracy Revisited: Ecuador Under Correa

July 2016

One of the first Latin American countries to make a democratic transition as the 1970s ended, Ecuador struggled in its search for political stability. Now it appears to have more stability, but that stability appears more authoritarian than democratic.

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Delegative Democracy Revisited: Brazil’s Accountability Paradox

July 2016

Latin America’s largest country has managed vastly to enlarge the share of its citizens who can take part in politics and need no longer live in poverty, and has robust horizontal accountability to boot. Vertical accountability, however, has suffered. 

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