Chile’s elite: close, but so far away

The Chilean constituent process has attracted interest for various reasons such as gender parity or the seats reserved for indigenous peoples. However, it has not taken into account the relationship between the elite and the rest of society.

Peru: an electoral class struggle?

In the midst of the sharpest political confrontation of the last decades, Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Castillo are on the way to define on Sunday, June 6, who will preside the country as of July 28, the date on which the bicentennial of national independence will be commemorated.

Is there a South American migration governance?

The emigration of 5.6 million Venezuelans since 2015 means that South America is suffering the largest forced displacement in the region’s history. On March 1, 2021, the Colombian government issued a decree to regularize more than one million Venezuelans residing irregularly in the country.

Peru: presidents vs parliamentarians

In few countries in the region does governance depend as much on parliamentary activity as it does in Peru. Both because of its constitutional design and the accentuated political fragmentation of the country, the Congress has been the epicenter of the different political crises that the nation has experienced in its recent history.

Lula, Bolsonaro, the third and fourth ways

The most radical wing of the Armed Forces is unlikely to withdraw from politics, as their constitutional duties would recommend. Although they are entrenched in the structures of government, a move to detach themselves from Bolsonaro’s eroded image could be the way for them to return to the presidency, without a clumsy middleman.

Cuba: Castrism without the Castros

Raúl Castro resigned from his post on the first day of the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC). And although there was speculation about the possibility of a change of course in the island’s policy, it has become clear that Miguel Díaz-Canel, Raúl’s successor, will be in charge of guaranteeing continuity.

Covid-19 vaccines: for the people or for speculation?

Nine out of ten people in developing countries will not receive the Covid-19 vaccine by 2021. This finding is the reason why multiple sectors have been demanding the temporary release of intellectual property rights for vaccines to immunize the world’s population.

Peru: The end of Fujimori’s executive privilege?

The pragmatic liberalism with which Fujimori decided and settled his dispensation, led him to pierce and definitively destroy a system that -although not perfect- still made some sense. In this way, he was able to make a country to his own specifications, which needed to be led by an autocratic president.

Elections and power

Democracy was configured as a form of exercising power in which elections play a crucial role. Therefore, the relationship between elections and democracy is univocal. Democracy does not exist without elections, but elections alone do not bring democracy.

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