Drawing from recent research, a new book argues that the flurry of recent innovations for “direct democracy”—from recall referenda to plebiscites—despite positive potential, also pose new risks to democratic governance.
While President Bachelet’s Nueva Mayoria coalition lost the October 23 local elections, the greatest challenge for all candidates and parties in next year’s general election will be overcoming the high levels of voter apathy and anger witnessed this round.
Local elections in Chile have traditionally served as a test of the incumbent party. But this year, with both the governing and the opposition party coalitions dogged by corruption scandals, anything can happen.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has one of the highest approval rates in the region, but he is still going to great lengths to secure his re-election November 6th at all cost. Is this just Ortega playing it safe or a permanent power grab?
This election has become the season of beating up on free trade. While the insecurity and anger that the argument has tapped into is real, reversing free trade will only strengthen the elite. It’s up to the people to bring it back and make it work for everyone.
As an analyst for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) I had the opportunity to watch both conventions up close. One of my takeaways: the two parties present two distinct visions of the future, with one more aligned with Canadians the other a more-than-a-little frightening to many Canadians.
The victory by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) represents a ray of hope in a difficult economic moment for the region. By electing PPK to the presidency, Peruvians have signalled their preference for gradual and pragmatic change over the harsher polarizing rhetoric of Keiko Fujimori.
Ahora que el Tricel ha dado la razón a la Nueva Mayoría, el número de comunas en las que se realizarán primarias ha bajado de 95 a 66. La mala fe de los partidos de la coalición gobernante es evidente.