Latin America’s Pendulum

Latin America’s Pendulum by María Isabel Puerta Riera  María is a Political Scientist teaching U. S. Government in Florida. Interested in U. S. and Latin American Politics.  Latin America’s Pendulum Over the past decade Latin America has faced significant challenges to governance from critical episodes that have led to the impeachment of Brazil's president to the incarceration of a former... Continue Reading →

Complications in the Defense of Democracy

Complications in the Defense of Democracy The Brazilian elections disappointed many advocates for democracy in the world. Many polls showed Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) with a significant lead over Jair Bolsonaro. Some polls even predicted an outright victory in the first round. Lula did come close to a first round victory, however Bolsonaro... Continue Reading →

The Evolving Latino Voter

Become a Patron! Make a one-time Donation to Democracy Paradox. The Evolving Latino Voter by María Isabel Puerta Riera  María is a Political Scientist teaching U. S. Government in Florida. Interested in U. S. and Latin American Politics.  The Evolving Latino Voter The 2020 Presidential election brought into the spotlight an unexpected power player: the Venezuelan... Continue Reading →

Electoral Strategies Against Aspiring Autocrats

Become a Patron! Order your copy of Democracy in Hard Places today! Strategies Against Aspiring Autocrats The Hungarian opposition pursued a complicated electoral strategy against Viktor Orbán and Fidesz in the 2022 Hungarian parliamentary elections. They tried to unify the opposition into a single political party to overtake Fidesz in single member district competitions. The problem... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Colombia’s Presidential Election

Become a Patron! Colombia's Presidential Election Yesterday Gustavo Petro won Colombia's presidential election. Many journalists and commentators have already written extensively about the electoral campaign. Perhaps the most common narrative is Gustavo Petro as Columbia's first leftist president. For readers in the United States or Europe this may come across as surprising. However, Colombia's leftwing... Continue Reading →

Putin Lost the French Presidential Election

The French Presidential Election Outcome The French Presidential Election is always important. France is the seventh largest economy in the world and a leader within the EU and NATO. However, this election had even more significant international implications. In many ways this election was the first serious test of Western support for Ukraine. Marine Le... Continue Reading →

Should Voting be Mandatory?

Become a Patron! Voting Reforms and Ideas About Voting At the center of the debate over democracy involves a battle over election reform. Over the year many conservative states have rolled back innovations designed to increase political participation to protect against voter fraud. Meanwhile, liberal states continue to look for ways to increase voter participation.... Continue Reading →

Elections as Democratic and as Authoritarian

Potemkin Villages Catherine the Great had many lovers. Grigory Orlov led the coup d’état that brought Catherine to power. Stanisław Poniatowski became the last King of Poland. Prince Zubov, the last of her lovers, was forty years younger than her. Some of them played a part in the governance of Russia, while others merely amused... Continue Reading →

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