New Book: Decentralization, Democratic Governance, and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective: Africa, Asia, and Latin America
Latin American Program staff members Joseph S. Tulchin and Andrew D. Selee, along with Philip Oxhorn, present a new book that studies the relation of decentralization to democratization at both intermediate and local levels and analyzes how decentralization is transforming the relationship between the state and civil society. For more information, see our Latin American Program Books page.
Experts who took part in a June 2000 discussion reveal that countries in the Andean region suffer from deep problems of governance: crisis of citizenship, reflected in widespread apathy and low levels of participation in the political process; the decline of political parties; corruption and a lack of accountability of civilian as well as military elites; weak institutions; and the military's involvement in politics.
This paper explores the relationships between crime and health problems and between crime and economic problems. It also gives recommendations for formulating crime prevention policies.
La Regulación de Servicios Sociales Privatizados: Algunos Lineamientos para la Construcción de una Nueva Agenda
Mexico has many advantages to help its economic relationship with the United States. As the countries cooperate economically, the United States will see many benefits.
Brazil has conducted some of the world's most stunning experiments in participatory democracy, most notably the creation of city budgets through local citizens' meetings. Leonardo Avritzer introduces a fresh analytical approach, highlighting civic participation's most effective means and expanding the empirical base for assessing state institutions.
LAP Associate Director Eric Olson was interviewed by LatinPulse, which is produced by American University’s School of Communication. He discussed the current political parties and the upcoming elections in Honduras.