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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Daniel Pacheco y Michael Shifter Video

Elecciones en EEUU y la relación con Colombia

Michael Shifter participó en el programa “Zona Franca” del Canal REDMÁS de Colombia donde comentó con Daniel Pacheco acerca de la visita del Secretario de Estado Pompeo a Colombia, la relación entre Donald Trump e Iván Duque y las próximas elecciones en Estados Unidos.


Press Mentions See all

El reporte es muy contudente. Deja muy claro los abusos cometidos por el régimen para mantener a Maduro en el poder. La acusación de crímenes contra la humanidad es particularmente severa. 
I think it’s a risky move by Capriles, and I think he calculated that nothing was working, and boycotting [the December elections] wasn’t the answer and he was willing to try something else. But it’s not altogether clear that Maduro is prepared to agree to the conditions that would make this election serious.