Democratic Governance

In recent years, the state of democratic governance in Latin America has been decidedly mixed. Discussion has turned away from elections and the leftward swings in several countries. Electoral contests are increasingly a matter of routine, and ideology has become notably less salient. The debate now centers on how leaders and institutions confront the complicated tasks of managing their economic and social affairs while representing heterogeneous societies with heightened demands and expectations.

The Inter-American Dialogue closely monitors the state of democratic governance and the rule of law in the countries of the Western Hemisphere. Our analysis, reports, and exchanges serve to encourage compliance with regional and international democratic commitments. In recent years, the Dialogue has placed emphasis on elections, press freedom, public opinion within Latin America’s growing middle class, and the implications of political shifts.


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El primer objetivo al que debe apuntar Guaidó es lograr elecciones democráticas, terminando así con la tensión política. Hace un año que Estados Unidos está aplicando sanciones económicas a Venezuela y Maduro está bastante cómodo, ha sobrevivido. Hay que romper con esto. Las sanciones pueden ser un instrumento para lograr la negociación y, de ahí, a elecciones. 
Es importante no exagerar los beneficios de ser miembro de la OCDE. Durante muchos años, Brasil se negó a considerar su ingreso porque significaría renunciar a los beneficios de su condición de nación en desarrollo o emergente.