Democracy, governance, and citizenship

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    Acto de equilibrismo de AMLO para enfrentar los retos a la democracia y economía de México

Acto de equilibrismo de AMLO para enfrentar los retos a la democracia y economía de México

Después de ganar las elecciones de México por un amplio margen, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) asumirá la Presidencia el 1 de diciembre. Que su nuevo partido, Morena, cuente con mayorías en ambas cámaras del Congreso le facilitará la adopción de las reformas que ha propuesto. Pero expectativas, tanto sobre el declive democrático como de la continuidad económica, resultan difícil […]

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    AMLO’s balancing act: the democratic and economic challenges facing Mexico’s new president

AMLO’s balancing act: the democratic and economic challenges facing Mexico’s new president

The inauguration of Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) will take place on 1 December after his landslide win in recent elections. Common expectations about democratic decline and economic continuity appear wide of the mark, but popular consultations on Texcoco airport and ten major development projects do create new economic uncertainties, writes Graciana del Castillo (City University of New York).

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    El Chile de Pinochet nos muestra que la represión puede ser el fin de los dictadores

El Chile de Pinochet nos muestra que la represión puede ser el fin de los dictadores

Las violaciones a los derechos humanos cometidas durante la dictadura militar de Augusto Pinochet en Chile contribuyeron a una derrota electoral que determinó su salida del poder. Sorprendentemente, esto ocurrió sin que cambiaran las preferencias políticas de los ciudadanos. Por María Angélica Bautista, Felipe González, Luis Martínez, Pablo Muñoz y Mounu Prem.

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    Election observation urgently needs to adapt to the era of big data

Election observation urgently needs to adapt to the era of big data

The ability to carry out free and fair elections faces an imminent threat, particularly in polarised electoral contexts. Latin America could place itself in the vanguard by exploring pilot schemes that monitor new digital trends and help to harmonise technology, democracy, and citizenship, writes Renata Ávila (Ciudadano Inteligente).

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    Pinochet’s Chile shows that repression can spell the end for dictators

Pinochet’s Chile shows that repression can spell the end for dictators

Human rights violations committed by Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship in Chile contributed to the electoral defeat that led to his downfall. Surprisingly, this happened without changing citizens’ political alignment, write María Angélica Bautista, Felipe González, Luis Martínez, Pablo Muñoz, and Mounu Prem.

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    Brazil elections 2018: the five risks facing President Bolsonaro

Brazil elections 2018: the five risks facing President Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro’s remarkable rise to the presidency has already caused a significant shake-up of Brazilian politics. But in the longer term, a looming fiscal catastrophe and sky-high expectations on crime and corruption could lead to political instability or even a constitutional crisis, writes Mark S. Langevin (George Mason University).

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    Brazil elections 2018: how will Bolsonaro’s victory affect migration policy in Brazil and South America?

Brazil elections 2018: how will Bolsonaro’s victory affect migration policy in Brazil and South America?

Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil’s 2018 presidential election could lead to a more severe migration policy, attacks on migrants’ rights, and fragmentation of regional approaches to mobility, write Marcia Vera Espinoza (Queen Mary University of London) and Leiza Brumat (European University Institute).

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    Populism in Mexico and Brazil: why are voters moving in opposite directions?

Populism in Mexico and Brazil: why are voters moving in opposite directions?

Differences in ethnic makeup, religious affiliation, institutional openness to outsiders, experiences of crime, and economic performance have driven Mexican and Brazilian voters in opposite ideological directions: left towards AMLO in Mexico and right towards Bolsonaro in Brazil. But this doesn’t mean Mexico will remain immune to right populism in future, writes Rodrigo Aguilera.

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    Brazil elections 2018: the destabilising effects of breathtaking judicial discretion

Brazil elections 2018: the destabilising effects of breathtaking judicial discretion

The discretionary decisions and interminable in-fighting of Brazil’s vast and intricate judicial system have significant consequences for election outcomes, and 2018 is no exception, writes David Lehmann (Federal University of Bahia).

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    Brazil elections 2018: from conspiracy nightmares of Dilma to millennial dreams of Bolsonaro

Brazil elections 2018: from conspiracy nightmares of Dilma to millennial dreams of Bolsonaro

The poisonous political climate around the October 2018 elections in Brazil has been brewing since Dilma Rousseff’s first term. Attacks on various institutions from both left and right, combined with massive corruption and fractious culture wars, have allowed Jair Bolsonaro and his millenarian evangelical supporters to expand his personality cult into this political vacuum, writes David Lehmann (Federal University of Bahia).