Tag Archives: Javier Corrales

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 »

Why is Venezuela collapsing but Maduro still standing?

     

Venezuela has pledged its oil reserves as backing for a digital currency dubbed the “petro,” which leftist President Nicolas Maduro launched in February. This month he vowed it would be the… Read more »

The Return of Populism, Latin America Style

     

After receding for the past 10 years, populism is making a comeback in Latin America. On June 17, Colombians elected a president from a right-wing populist party. On July 1,… Read more »

Cuba’s transition prospects (but not to democracy)

     

Authoritarian regimes born of revolutions such as Cuba’s often survive for decades, but they struggle once the revolutionary generation dies off — especially if they cannot find an alternative source of legitimacy,… Read more »

Venezuelan opposition arrests show Maduro moving to consolidate power

     

Two prominent Venezuelan opposition leaders were taken from their homes in raids by intelligence services in the early hours of Tuesday, in what analysts say signals a lurch toward a… Read more »

Sliding into civil war? Venezuela’s ‘drama threatens to turn from farce to tragedy’

     

  Venezuela’s government hunted on Wednesday for rogue policemen who attacked key installations by helicopter, but critics of President Nicolas Maduro suspected the raid may have been staged to justify… Read more »

Venezuela’s government to write new constitution? ‘That way lies autocracy,’ says analyst

     

Facing escalating civil unrest, the government of Venezuela has finally come up with a response: a call for a constituent assembly, notes Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 professor of political… Read more »

Approaching a tipping point? Venezuela seizes GM plant as protests swell

     

  General Motors said on Thursday that the Venezuelan authorities had seized its vehicle assembly plant in the country, adding to the chaos in the already-struggling auto industry there, The… Read more »

Venezuela’s tragic meltdown: Maduro regime’s ‘mysterious resilience’

     

Venezuela’s future is at stake this week as the Organization of American States plans to meet with officials from President Nicolás Maduro’s administration, and time is running out for them… Read more »

Dialog can’t avert ‘final blow to Venezuela’s democracy’

     

Venezuela has freed three opposition activists jailed for more than a month in a first gesture by President Nicolas Maduro’s government after talks began with his foes, Reuters reports: The… Read more »