Latin America as Institution-Building Model

On a number of occasions recently, I’ve found myself wondering why Latin America doesn’t figure more prominently in not only discussions of institution-building and democracy promotion, but in some of those missions currently in progress. This NYT story about Chilean President Michelle Bachelet — who is leaving office with 70 percent approval ratings due to a single-term limit — offers a good opportunity to articulate that thought. Bachelet’s success combines equal parts skillful management and political courage. And in the broader global discussion regarding the future of progressive-left parties (failing dismally in Europe these days), her combination of fiscal responsibility […]

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