Latin America & Caribbean Publications, June 2011

12 07 2011

A list of recent reports on Latin America & the Caribbean that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Guatemala’s Elections: Clean Polls, Dirty Politics
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/latin-america-caribbean/guatemala/B024-guatemalas-elections-clean-polls-dirty-politics.aspx
Guatemalans go to the polls in September 2011 to elect a president, the Congress and local officials. The vote itself is likely to be reasonably free, but violence and unregulated campaign finance imperil the country’s political institutions. Source: International Crisis Group

Mapping Digital Media: Mexico
http://www.soros.org/initiatives/media/articles_publications/publications/mapping-digital-media-mexico-20110613
The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Mexico is one of the 15 largest economies worldwide, yet only 15 percent of households own a digital device and less than a third have a computer. Source: Open Society Foundations

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.

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Latin America & Caribbean Publications, May 2011

1 06 2011

A list of recent reports on Latin America & the Caribbean that were highlighted in the May issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Learning to Walk without a Crutch: The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/latin-america-caribbean/guatemala/036-learning-to-walk-without-a-crutch-the-international-commission-against-impunity-in-guatemala.aspx
Despite the promising beginning made by a unique hybrid legal body established by agreement with the UN, a culture of fear and impunity still prevails in Guatemala. Source: International Crisis Group

Local Government, Taxes, and Guns: Successful Policy Innovation in Three Colombian Cities
http://www.wider.unu.edu/publications/working-papers/2011/en_GB/wp2011-026/
This paper evaluates transformative policy innovations with respect to security and taxation in the three main Colombian cities: Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali. Source: United Nations University, World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Latin America & the Caribbean Publications, April 2011

6 05 2011

A list of recent reports on Latin America and the Caribbean that were highlighted in the April issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Challenges to Democracy Promotion: The Case of Bolivia
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/?fa=view&id=43331
Bolivia offers a critical, but atypical, case for international democracy promotion. Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Haiti’s Rendezvous with History
http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2011/04/14/haiti-s-rendezvous-history-0
The report examines the legal and practical questions surrounding the case and concludes that Haiti has an obligation under international law to investigate and prosecute the grave violations of human rights under Duvalier’s rule. Source: Human Rights Watch

Half a Miracle
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/?fa=view&id=43713
The transformation of the Columbian city of Medellín offers an example to Mexico of how a government engaged in a drug war can bolster its legitimacy and gain greater public support. Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Foreign Policy

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Latin America & Caribbean Publications, March 2011

7 04 2011

A list of recent reports on Latin America and the Caribbean that were highlighted in the March issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

100 celebrations later, where is Latin America on the road to gender equality in politics?
http://www.idea.int/gender/100_celebrations_later.cfm
As International Women’s Day hits the century mark this year, there was good news for the inclusion of Latin American women in positions of political decision-making. Source: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).

Coding and decoding: The state of Venezuelan civil society
http://www.civicus.org/images/stories/csi/csi_phase2/venezuelaacr%20af%20final.pdf
Venezuelans have historically been inclined to perceive the state as responsible for the solution to all their needs, and therefore to give in to clientelism. The result, which came out of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI) report, illustrates why most CSOs in the country are affected by a model in which autonomous intermediate organisations are not considered by authorities as legitimate interlocutors. Source: CIVICUS

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Latin America publications, Feb 2011

11 03 2011

A list of recent reports on Latin America that were highlighted in the February issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

The Drug War in Mexico: Confronting a Shared Threat
http://www.cfr.org/mexico/drug-war-mexico/p24262
David A. Shirk analyzes the drug war in Mexico, explores Mexico’s capacities and limitations, examines the factors that have undermined effective state performance, assesses the prospects for U.S. support to strengthen critical state institutions, and offers recommendations for reducing the potential of state failure. Source: Council on Foreign Relations

New Policy Portal on Latin America
http://vox.lacea.org/
LACEA with the support of Global Development Network has launched VoxLACEA, a portal for research-based policy analysis and commentary by leading scholars on issues relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean. Source: Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association

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Inter American Commission Report on Democracy and Human Rights in Venezuela

6 04 2010

http://cidh.org/countryrep/Venezuela2009eng/VE09.TOC.eng.htm
Source: Organization of American States (OAS).

In order to observe the human rights situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela[2] (hereinafter “Venezuela”, or “the State”), the IACHR undertook its last on-site visit in May 2002. This visit took place at the request of President Hugo Chavez Frías, who in 1999 visited the offices of the IACHR, at the headquarters of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., being the first head of state to undertake a visit to the IACHR.





Party Caucuses, Party Discipline and Professional Performance in the Peruvian Legislature

6 04 2010

http://www.idea.int/publications/peruvian_legislature/index.html
Source: International IDEA.

This report studies the internal dynamic of congressional groups and identifies their strengths and weaknesses and provides a base from which steps toward reform and strengthening can be taken. In Spanish.