Democratic Institutions in Latin America

Date

23/06/2022 - 24/06/2022


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    Since the third wave of democratisation surged in Latin America 30–40 years ago, the region has remained one of the most democratic in the world – a remarkable achievement considering a past marked by dictators and political instability. But the ways that democracy has manifested vary substantially. Especially in the last decade, concerns have been raised regarding public disenchantment, diminishing levels of institutional quality, and democratic backsliding. In 2019 a wave of public protests across the region brought those discontent with the status quo to the streets, where diverse grievances were aired, particularly ones related to inequality, injustice, and corruption. In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic accentuated the already existing hardships and the ongoing crisis of representation, putting further pressure on the functioning of democratic institutions and creating opportunities for power concentration and authoritarian experiments.

    This workshop is jointly organised by the GIGA and the University of Erfurt within the framework of the DEMINGS project (Leibniz Foundation). It brings together renowned European and Latin American scholars to discuss and present their most recent research on the state of democratic institutions in Latin America. The workshop will discuss the written contributions, which are meant to be published in an edited volume at a later stage. More details can be found in the workshop programme.

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    Democratic Institutions in Latin America

    Democratic Institutions under Stress

    Democracy builds on common principles such as elections, division of power, and rule of law. In practice, democratic institutions often underperform due to executives overstepping powers, conflicts and power struggles causing stalemate in the policy process, and rule instability.

    Research Project | 01/05/2021 - 30/04/2026

    Democratic Institutions in the Global South (DEMINGS)

    This project contributes new knowledge on the functioning of democratic institutions in the Global South, their (in)efficacy to constrain powerful executives, and the effects of particular institutions on both democratic quality and regime stability. The focus is on countries with presidential constitutions, i.e., those with directly elected presidents, an institutional choice that extended worldwide in the last decades.
    Leibniz Competition, 2021-2026

    Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos

    Lead Research Fellow

    Eduardo Tamaki

    Doctoral Researcher

    Online Workshop | 02/12/2021 - 03/12/2021

    RedGob Workshop: Latin American Democracies in Crisis. Causes, Processes, and Remedies

    This workshop, organised by the GIGA, brings together renowned European and Latin American scholars from the Red Euro-Latinoamericana de Gobernabilidad para el Desarrollo to discuss and present their most recent research on the state of democratic institutions in Latin America. Los debates serán en inglés, español y portugués.

    Research Project | 01/05/2021 - 30/04/2026

    Democratic Institutions in the Global South (DEMINGS)

    This project contributes new knowledge on the functioning of democratic institutions in the Global South, their (in)efficacy to constrain powerful executives, and the effects of particular institutions on both democratic quality and regime stability. The focus is on countries with presidential constitutions, i.e., those with directly elected presidents, an institutional choice that extended worldwide in the last decades.
    Leibniz Competition, 2021-2026

    Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos

    Lead Research Fellow

    Eduardo Tamaki

    Doctoral Researcher

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