Dominican Republic: Democracy for a Better Life
recounts the meeting held in Juan Dolio on October 5-7, 2007, the second of of the National Dialogues on Democracy in Latin
America sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Organization
of American States.
The core objective of these national dialogues is to summon analysts,
politicians, private sector leaders and civil society actors to reflect
on the quality of democracy in their countries. In conjunction with a
local partner, the Inter-American Dialogue and the OAS anticipate that
the participants in these meetings will define benchmarks to measure
democratic progress five years from now. The Center for Governance and Social Management, Santo Domingo Technology Institute (INTEC) was our partner in the Dominican Republic. In Juan Dolio, 28 Dominicans from a variety of sectors brought differing political
perspectives to the conversation.
In each country, one of the participants will assume the role of
rapporteur —in this case, Dr. Pedro Wilfredo Lozano
— with the task of
producing a report that would prompt a public debate about governance
and democratic consolidation. In every case, the reports will reflect
exclusively the views of national participants regarding the state of
democracy in their countries. These participants sign the reports in
their individual capacities. Although not all the signatories —in this
case, the 28 Dominicans— actually subscribe to each phrase contained
in the document, all of them —with the exceptions made in their
individual comments— support the content and the overall tone of the
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Table of Contents
I. Is There Discontent within the Democratic System or with Democracy Itself?
II. Institutions: Expectations vs. Reality
III. Growth and Development
IV. Political Parties and Civil Society
V. Citizen Security
VI. Basic Points of Agreement on Development
VII. What Is to Be Done about the Democratic Malaise?
VIII. Benchmarks 2012