Category Archives: Democracy in the Americas

Some Quick Thoughts on the Latest Polls in Brazil

Three months out from the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff and the imposition of Michel Temer as acting President, Datafolha recently published new polling data that gives some interesting insights into how the impeachment and the Temer administration are resonating … Continue reading

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Anti-Impeachment Rallies in Brazil

In response to last Sunday’s protests demanding Dilma’s removal from office, tens of thousands of Brazilians gathered in state capitals throughout the country in support if not of the government, then of institutional and social democracy. Some marchers called for … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Democracy in the Americas, Impeachment, Latin American Politics, Protests in Latin America, Social Movements

On Chilean Presidential Politics and Ongoing Ties to the Pinochet Era

As Brandi mentioned yesterday, the dust has settled in the Chilean presidential primaries. On the one hand, the Concertación elected Socialist Party candidate and former president (2006-2010) Michelle Bachelet to run for re-election for the coalition. On the other hand, the … Continue reading

Posted in Augusto Pinochet, Chile, Democracy in the Americas, Educational Reforms, Elections in Latin America, Governance in Latin America, Latin American Politics, Legal Issues in Latin America, The "Left" in Latin America, The "Right" in Latin America

Chilean Presidential Primary Results are In

Chileans voted in the presidential primaries for the November 2013 elections, and the results are in. For the Nueva Mayoría (New Majority, a coalition of left and center-left parties): Michelle Bachelet Jeria (PS – Socialist Party)  73.05% (WINNER) Andrés Velasco … Continue reading

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Popular Demonstrations Continue to Resonate through Brazilian Politics

In the wake of lower bus fares and discussions of a national plebiscite, the recent and ongoing protests in Brazil continue to ripple throughout Brazilian politics and the people’s voices continue to resonate. One of the major targets of public … Continue reading

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Hack of the Day

Fernando Henrique Cardoso [again]. To wit, three moments in history: In 1994, while running for president, he defended the need for a constitutional assembly to provide reforms to Brazil’s constitution. In 1998, as his first term wound up and he … Continue reading

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No Constitutional Assembly After All? The Tortuous Path to Political Reform in Brazil

Apparently, the desire to consider constitutional reforms via a referendum was short-lived: President Dilma Rousseff backed down from the proposal to have a plebiscite to convoke a constitutional assembly, the president of the Organization of Brazilian Lawyers [OAB], Marcus Vinicius Coelho, said this … Continue reading

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