Governance News

Latin American Program in the News: Regional gov'ts urged to modernise tax system

May 22, 2013
An article on the release of the Inter-American Development Bank's new taxation report, "More than Revenue," hosted at the Wilson Center.

The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China

May 07, 2013
In the 1990s China embarked on a series of political reforms intended to increase, however modestly, political participation to reduce the abuse of power by local officials. Although there was initial progress, these reforms have largely stalled and, in many cases, gone backward. If there were sufficient incentives to inaugurate reform, why wasn't there enough momentum to continue and deepen them? This book approaches this question by looking at a number of promising reforms, understanding the incentives of officials at different levels, and the way the Chinese Communist Party operates at the local level. The short answer is that the sort of reforms necessary to make local officials more responsible to the citizens they govern cut too deeply into the organizational structure of the party.

Latin American Program in the News: What role will Latin America have in world affairs/global governance in the future?

Apr 30, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson commented on the role that Latin America will play on the global stage in the coming years.

Latin American Program in the News: Assessing U.S.-Venezuela Relations After Very Close Election Favors Maduro

Apr 16, 2013
Cynthia Arnson discusses the elections in Venezuela with Ray Suarez, PBS Newshour, and Marc Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Latin American Program in the News: Venezuelan special election still puts Capriles against ghost of Chavez

Apr 16, 2013
The Latin American Program's associate director, Eric Olson, speaks with Rob Sach about the election and the future of Venezuela.

Latin American Program in the News: Maduro Llega a la Presidencia en Medio de Dudas

Mar 12, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson talks about Nicolas Maduro's recent comments and the effect on U.S. - Venezuela relations.

Latin American Program in the News: Hugo Chavez Legacy Debate Continues About who he was, What he did, What's Next

Mar 12, 2013
“I find it almost impossible to imagine that it won’t be Nicolás Maduro,” said Cynthia Arnson, director of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program. “He is the only person who has officially been given the blessing of Chavez to carry on his legacy."

East European Studies Junior Scholars' Training Seminar

Mar 05, 2013
The European Studies program is now accepting applications for its Junior Scholars' Training Seminar - a scholarship opportunity for graduate students (MA and above) working towards a degree in the social sciences and humanities with a regional focus on Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic states. The application deadline is April 30, 2013.

Latin American Program in the News: Correa Poised for Re-Election in Ecuador on Oil-Backed Spending

Mar 04, 2013
Director Cynthia Arnson was quoted in her remarks about Correa's leadership, which has populist and personalistic facets.

In the Wake of War: Democratization and Internal Armed Conflict in Latin America

Mar 04, 2013
Examining the cases of Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru, the contributors to this timely edited volume explore how societies undergoing democratization in the aftermath of civil war can become mired in violent crime, poor governance, and illiberal political cultures.

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