Democracy, governance, and citizenship

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    Los peligros económicos de la victoria de Iván Duque en Colombia

Los peligros económicos de la victoria de Iván Duque en Colombia

El programa de Iván Duque podría resultar en una mayor concentración del poder tanto político como económico. Su énfasis en las industrias extractivas no responde a desafíos claves como la baja productividad, los bajos salarios y la desigualdad extrema, escribe Tobias Franz (Universidad de los Andes).

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    Elecciones Colombia 2018: dos mujeres vicepresidentas, dos visiones de país

Elecciones Colombia 2018: dos mujeres vicepresidentas, dos visiones de país

El hecho de que ambas candidatas a la vicepresidencia sean mujeres representa un avance, pero las trayectorias y agendas disímiles de Marta Lucía Ramírez y Ángela Robledo pueden tener impactos muy distintos para el futuro de Colombia, escribe Diana Gómez (Universidad de los Andes).

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    Despite reform, Mexico’s 2018 election is business as usual

Despite reform, Mexico’s 2018 election is business as usual

On paper the 2018 Mexican presidential election should benefit from recent reforms that sought to improve electoral conditions. But the reality of campaigns awash with dark money, widespread vote buying, toothless electoral institutions, weak democratic processes within parties, and independents that aren’t very independent suggests that little has really changed, writes Rodrigo Aguilera.

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    Colombia elections 2018: candidates and their chances in times of hope and fear

Colombia elections 2018: candidates and their chances in times of hope and fear

Colombia’s pathbreaking presidential election of 2018 will most likely be won by Álvaro Uribe’s protege Iván Duque, which could endanger the peace process and signal a return to a dark past of violence and exclusion. But support for leftist and centrist candidates Gustavo Petro and Sergio Fajardo, as well as the unpredictable role of Germán Vargas Lleras, mean that this is far from […]

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    Colombia elections 2018: safeguarding progress towards implementation of the peace agreement

Colombia elections 2018: safeguarding progress towards implementation of the peace agreement

The future of the peace agreement faces many significant risks. Since implementation is a game of confidence building, and compliance and noncompliance alike create snowball effects, mitigation of these risks must be a critical priority for any incoming administration, argues Nelson Camilo Sánchez (National University of Colombia).

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    Venezuela elections 2018: evaluating electoral conditions in an authoritarian regime

Venezuela elections 2018: evaluating electoral conditions in an authoritarian regime

Participating in elections under authoritarian regimes can reap rewards, but electoral conditions in Venezuela have degenerated so drastically that a Maduro victory in 2018 could not be considered democratic, write Griselda Colina (Observatorio Global de Comunicación y Democracia) and Jennifer McCoy (Georgia State University).

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    Venezuela elections 2018: military and institutional backing could keep Maduro in power despite sanctions

Venezuela elections 2018: military and institutional backing could keep Maduro in power despite sanctions

Further economic deterioration and more drastic international sanctions resulting from a Maduro ‘win’ will only reinforce his linchpin of high-level military support, writes Diego Moya Ocampos (IHS Markit).

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    From the Castros to Cuba’s new president Miguel Díaz-Canel: continuity or change?

From the Castros to Cuba’s new president Miguel Díaz-Canel: continuity or change?

Miguel Díaz-Canel’s presidency is likely to represent a continuation of the “negotiative process” that has allowed government and society alike to adapt to evolving challenges ever since 1959, write Emily J. Kirk (Dalhousie University) and Isabel Story (University of Nottingham).

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    Fifty years after the controversial May ’67 trial, France continues to criminalise activists in Guadeloupe

Fifty years after the controversial May ’67 trial, France continues to criminalise activists in Guadeloupe

Recent attempts to criminalise trade unionists involved in the 2009 French Caribbean general strike recall the trial of independence activists following the May ’67 Pointe-à-Pitre massacre in Guadeloupe, writes Grace Carrington (LSE Department of International History).

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    The six sources of Piñera’s success in Chile’s 2017 elections will also shape his second term

The six sources of Piñera’s success in Chile’s 2017 elections will also shape his second term

Piñera’s campaign won out thanks to fears of “Chilezuela”, the non-committal stance of Frente Amplio supporters, the divided Christian Democrats, Obama-style campaigning, a”low-energy” opponent, and a little help from friends in the media, all of which will influence the new president’s second term in office, write Roland Benedikter (EURAC Research, COHA, University of Wroclaw), Miguel Zlosilo (Artool, Chile), and Corinna Saeger (EURAC Research).