Signs of Democratic demise in Latin America

Democracy is receding in Latin America, and authoritarianism is growing.

What is happening with global democracy? Recent reports from the Economist and Freedom House reinforce a drumbeat coming from commentators across the globe: Democracy as a global phenomenon — simultaneously an ideal and a set of formal and informal rules reigning in many countries worldwide — is under threat. Observers of Latin America echo the alarm, pointing especially to recent events in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and...

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