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Democracy

Fall 2002 | Volume I, Number 2

Table of Contents

Editor’s Letter →

by June Carolyn Erlick

Building Institutions

Legislatures and Political Accountability

Legislatures and Political Accountability

In March 2000, while researching legislatures in several Latin American countries, I found myself in Caracas. This promised to be a quiet stop given that Venezuela was, at the time, without a real…

Corruption and Democracy

Corruption and Democracy

Despite more than ten years of democratic systems in Latin America, why is it that corruption hasn’t decreased in the region? In Peru, videotapes filmed at the National Intelligence…

Constitutional Reform

Constitutional Reform

You say you’ll change the constitution,” Beatle John Lennon once wrote. Latin American countries have long been singing this same tune, often blaming their presidential constitutions…

Comings and Goings

Battro Named to Pontifical Academy

Battro Named to Pontifical Academy

Antonio M. Battro M.D., Ph.D. has been named to The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the oldest science academy in the world, established by Galileo 400 years ago. Battro, Robert F. Kennedy…

Harvard Study Abroad

Harvard Study Abroad

The face of study abroad at Harvard is changing. Last May, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) adopted a new study out of residence policy. The administration now views study abroad itself…

Country Spotlights

Civic Pride

Civic Pride

A passion for planting trees awoke in me,” Don Juan Morales explained to me next to his numerous wood-burning kilns. I had asked him why he had become a member of the…

Central America’s Citizens

Central America’s Citizens

English + Español
When auto mechanic Pedro Pirir got fired from the repair shop where he’d worked for years, his reaction of outrage and shame made him want to complain to the authorities. He’d heard his…

Deciphering Venezuela

Deciphering Venezuela

Venezuela, often described as the region’s most stable and successful democracy, is now in a political quagmire testing the endurance and stability of its system. What have been the forces…

Gender and Democracy

Entre los panales y el poder

Entre los panales y el poder

Cuando Jacqueline van Rysselberghe fue informada en Noviembre último que ella debería dejar su puesto como alcaldesa de Concepción, una de las ciudades mas grandes e…

Between Pacifiers and Power

Between Pacifiers and Power

When Jacqueline van Rysselberghe was informed last November that she would have to leave her post as mayor of Concepción, one of Chile’s largest and most important cities, she fought…

Gender, Sexuality and Democracy

Gender, Sexuality and Democracy

The post-dictatorial cultural transformations of Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay bring to the fore gender and sexuality as critical to discussion and reflection on the development of democracy…

Thinking on Democracy

Democracy in Latin America

Democracy in Latin America

Democratic institutions are facing stress throughout Latin America and experiencing serious challenges in some countries. The public has had little confidence in political parties and…

Democracy and the Military

Democracy and the Military

One of the most dramatic developments in Latin America today is the unprecedented shift in the nature of politics since the late 1970s. At no time in the history of the Latin American republics…

Democracy and the City

Democracy and the City

We humans have the capacity to conceptualize ideas and elaborate thoughts, as well as to construct and fabricate both material and immaterial outcomes, based on those ideas and…

Profiles