Category: Bolivia

Bolivia’s populist lessons for the West

     

Bolivia’s Evo Morales, a former leader of a coca-growers’ union, has won three elections fairly and by large margins. He hopes to win a fourth in October. But his attempts… Read more »

Connecting democratic leaders for a hemisphere of freedom

     

  As authoritarian regimes in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela generate sociopolitical turmoil, economic disruption, and human rights abuses, only a concerted international effort by liberal democracies will establish a “hemisphere… Read more »

Latin America’s democratic resilience: institutional innovation beats populism

     

The resilience of democracy in Latin America is impressive, notes Javier Corrales, a professor of political science at Amherst College, and author of “Fixing Democracy: Why Constitutional Change Often Fails… Read more »

Liberal democracy’s weaknesses pulling it apart?

     

Brazil’s election, along with the rest of the populist trend, represents something more disruptive than a single wave with a single point of origin. Research suggests it exemplifies weaknesses and… Read more »

Bolivia’s resource windfall squandered by populist mismanagement, hyper-corruption

     

  Across Latin America, one high-level scandal after another has tainted current or recent presidents or vice-presidents in Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Mexico, among others, Simeon Tegel writes for US News:… Read more »

End of an illiberal populist era in Bolivia?

     

The illiberal populist regime of Bolivia President Evo Morales regime has sought to suppress voices of dissent within the media and civil society. One of the targeted journalists, Raul Peñaranda,… Read more »

Bolivia’s Road Ahead

     

Bolivia’s likely political trajectory is discussed by Bolivian political analyst Raul Peñaranda (left), a Reagan-Fascell fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy; Jose Manuel Ormachea of the Bolivian National Network… Read more »

Latin American Populism: Exception to the Global Trend

     

The populist advance might seem ubiquitous. But it is not, argues Pierpaolo Barbieri, the executive director of Greenmantle, a political and macroeconomic research firm, and the author of Hitler’s Shadow Empire:… Read more »

Ecuador and Bolivia show Venezuela no longer a model

     

Like Venezuela, the administrations in Ecuador and Bolivia have taken decisive steps to concentrate power in the executive branch, weaken independent institutions, persecute political opposition, and close media space. Keeping… Read more »