Why Latin America Is Becoming Less Democratic – Kurt Weyland – The Atlantic

Why Latin America Is Becoming Less Democratic - Kurt Weyland - The Atlantic

With its claims to make democracy more direct and to be especially mindful of the poor, left-wing populism has crafted an attractive message. It has spread from Venezuela to several other countries and has stimulated interest elsewhere, especially Argentina. The temptations that it spawns make Chávez-style populism a particular threat to democracy.

This threat also seems to have clear limits, however. Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Uruguay, and now Colombia boast stable democra­cies. Steady institutions, pluralist party systems, and respectable gov­ernment performance leave less room for populists. The downsides of Bolivarian populism, which include raging inflation, corruption, and violent crime, are well known and act as a deterrent. Left-wing populism and soft authoritarianism are unlikely to infect those countries.

via Why Latin America Is Becoming Less Democratic – Kurt Weyland – The Atlantic.

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