“Latin American democracy after a year’s pandemic”, Carlos Malamud and Rogelio Núñez (Elcano, Spain)

The pandemic has aggravated Latin America’s historical problems –social, political and economic– and deepened the decline in the region’s democracies. The increasing and renewed fragility of Latin American democratic systems stems first from the inefficiency of the administrative machineries in providing an adequate response to the public’s longstanding demands, as well as from the current healthcare and socio-economic challenge deriving from COVID-19; and, secondly, the crisis of Latin American democracies stems from the problems the political and party systems have in channelling the claims of a society that is increasingly dissatisfied, polarised and fragmented, which in turn provides a breeding ground for the emergence of renewed versions of populism and charismatic, personality-based and authoritarian leadership. 

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