Category: Ecuador

Countering Political Polarization: What Has Been Tried? What Works?

     

  By Thomas Carothers and Andrew O’Donohue* Severe political polarization is tearing at the seams of democracies around the world, from Brazil, India, and Kenya to Poland, Turkey, and the… Read more »

Latin America: monitoring media freedom, boosting civil society engagement

     

The past year has witnessed stark changes in the state of media freedom across Latin America, from a precipitous decline in Nicaragua to glimmers of improvement in Ecuador. But can… 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 »

Latin America innovates for democratic renewal

     

If democratic renewal entails innovation, Latin America may have something to offer, research suggests. Preliminary results of the LATINNO Project show that since the 1990’s and especially since the 2000’s… Read more »

Can Ecuador reverse Andean region’s media crackdown?

     

  Former president Rafael Correa’s government used state media outlets as campaign propaganda machines, it was alleged today. His administration’s censorship policies also constituted a ruthless assault on free media in Ecuador,… Read more »

Ecuador: ‘succession politics get ugly’

     

  When the government candidate eked out a victory in the bitter runoff for president of Ecuador in April, incumbent Rafael Correa was ebullient. The willful populist who ran the small Andean… Read more »

Democratic backsliding: the perils of polarization

     

If democratic backsliding were to occur in the United States, it would not take the form of a coup d’état; there would be no declaration of martial law or imposition of single-party rule,… Read more »

What to expect from Ecuador’s elections

     

An ally of Ecuador’s leftist President Rafael Correa and a conservative ex-banker are battling to become the next president in Sunday’s election in the face of corruption scandals and a… Read more »

Ecuador’s ‘strategy to asphyxiate civil society’ condemned

     

United Nations human rights experts have criticized the government of Ecuador for trying to ‘asphyxiate’ civil society, after issuing an order for the closure of an NGO which supports environmental and… Read more »