Democracy in Peru and Venezuela The readings concentrated on the political developments in Latin American countries, which are considered to be the most non-democratic states. The long-lasting authoritarian regimes of Alberto Fujimori and Hugo Chavez, who could not conduct their…

In 2005 Hugo Chávez began his continuous power grabbing up until the publication of this article in 2007. During his presidency, Venezuela had a weak checks and balances system that allowed Chávez to gradually gain control of more aspects of…

In the chapter on ‘The People’s Verdict,” the authors discuss the importance of the political culture with respect to democracy. In many cases in Latin America, the culture is not adequate for democracies to thrive. This includes social class, geographic…

Skim The Story Wild Fire in Chile Chile is seeking help after the worst wildfires hit the country. Who did this? More than 100,000 hectares of land have been destroyed by wildfires in Chile. The story was reported in the…

Two of these articles look to tackle clientelism and why it occurs. This is the idea that politicians trade things to voters in exchange for their support. Auyero states that politicians use two methods to keep the public dependent on…

I thoroughly enjoyed this feature analysis of political clientelism in grassroots Latin America. Throughout the article, Auyero explores the everyday relationship between broker and client, one that has been relatively untouched through the well-meaning but unfortunately misplaced judgement that betrays…

According to Fareed Zakaria, illiberal democracies are “democratically elected regimes often re-elected or reinforced by referendums that ignore the constitutional limits of their power and deprive their citizens of basic rights and liberties”. While the end of the twentieth century…

This week’s readings deal mainly on the proliferation of illiberal democracy throughout Latin America. This topic is very, I daresay, topical. In Latin America, and indeed many parts of the world, democracy is facing extreme challenges in adapting to a…

Clientelism allows patrons to control population behaviors by filtering information that is available to them. Due to the limited amount of information, the poor are unaware of the other resources and therefore feel like they are making the best decision…

What to Say to the Former Peru President….. The Former Peru president, President Alejandro Toledo, is issued with an intercontinental arrest warrant after bribery accusations. The country has offered a reward of 24, 000 sterling pounds for the detainment of…