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World Economic Forum – Institutions: Weak institutions endanger democratic rule, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel

By David Haskel Democratic gains made in the 80s in Latin America as the cold war came to an end and military regimes throughout the area gave way to freely elected governments that are now under severe strain due to a lack of strong institutions, experts warn. “In some countries, the president rides roughshod over the Congress and judiciary,” said Michael Shifter, president of the Washington-based Inter-American Dialogue. “There is greater institutional balance in countries like Uruguay, Chile and Costa Rica. In contrast, today in Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua, the Congress and judiciary are mere instruments of executive authority,” […]
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