DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA? AN ASSESMENT

Miguel Angel, Lara Otaola
unpublished
This essay will make an evaluation about political liberalism in the electoral democracies of Latin America. For doing so it will take into account three different indicators: a) the rule of law, b) horizontal accountability, encompassing: i) separation of powers/checks and balances, and ii) corruption, and; c) the respect for civil rights (specifically freedom of expression). This will be done through different examples that show that Latin American democracies are far from consolidated (e.g.
more » ... consolidated (e.g. that don't fulfil the previous three criteria) and that a 'second transition' is needed in order for them to become liberal, constitutional democracies.
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