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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Virtual Forum for Dialogue Members

On May 19, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted its first virtual forum for Dialogue members to discuss the implications of the Covid-19 crisis on Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Voices in the Pandemic – Covid-19 and Freedom of Expression in the Americas

On May 20, 2020, the Inter-American Dialogue, Global Affairs Canada and the Office of the Special Rapporteur of Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hosted “Voices in the Pandemic – Covid-19 and Freedom of Expression in the Americas” to discuss the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on freedom of expression and disinformation, especially in light of emergency measures taken across the hemisphere that limit human rights and access to information.

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El impacto del Coronavirus en Perú

En esta entrevista para el programa 20/20 de Canal N, Michael Shifter y Mávila Huertas hablaron sobre los efectos del Covid-19 en América Latina, la situación actual en Perú, la importancia de las instituciones y las diferencias entre esta pandemia y la crisis financiera de 2008-2009.


Press Mentions See all

Es evidente que la oposición venezolana está fracturada, sin un plan de acción unificado, sin establecer prioridades y sin una estrategia viable. Guaidó ha tenido pequeños triunfos, pero le ha faltado darles seguimiento. Con este nuevo fracaso, Maduro ha salido fortalecido, la oposición se ha debilitado y Guaidó ha sembrado dudas entre los dirigentes de los países que le han dado su apoyo y hoy cuestionan la fuerza de su liderazgo. 
Todavía los mexicanos aprueban el gobierno de AMLO, quizás porque es una persona que parece agradable y que es capaz de conectarse con los mexicanos comunes, o tal vez porque no ha emergido un liderazgo muy serio que desafíe su gobierno. La coronacrisis, sin embargo, será muy difícil para él y le hará daño a su gobierno si no muestra liderazgo propio y hay una recesión prolongada.