Democracy in Latin America, a contested concept

By Manuel J. Ayulo, second year student of the Democracy and Governance Program at Georgetown University Citing the philosopher W.B. Gallie, Collier and Levitsky remained us that democracy is “the appraisive political concept par excellence”.[1] They are right. In Latin America, democracy continues to be a contested concept. Although the vast majority of the countries are not considered... Continue Reading →

Can Stable Democracies Weaken? The Promise of Institutionalized Uncertainty

By Sundar Ramanujam, alumni of the Democracy and Governance Program at Georgetown University In the classic essay that he wrote on the challenges of transition theory for Philippe Schmitter & Guillermo O’Donnell’s Transitions from Authoritarian Rule, Przeworski presents a rational-choice driven framework to explain the mechanics of democracy [1]. Characterizing democracy as an institutional compromise agreed... Continue Reading →

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