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How Democracy Works: Political Institutions, Actors, and Arenas in Latin American Policymaking



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CODE: IDB-BK-101
EDITOR(s): Scartascini, Carlos , Stein, Ernesto H. , Tommasi, Mariano
PUBLISHED: August 2010
LANGUAGE: English
RELATED TOPICS: Government and Democracy
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Abstract:

Over the past 30 years, democratic freedoms and competitive electoral processes have taken hold as never before in Latin America. How Democracy Works takes a detailed look, from an institutional perspective, at each of the main actors on the policymaking stage in Latin America, emphasizing the extent to which institutions facilitate or hinder intertemporal political cooperation and compromise. It analyzes official political actors and arenas, as well as a number of societal actors, and explores the (formal) roles of these players, their incentives, capabilities, and the way in which they actually engage in the policymaking game. The conclusion: these political institutions and actors matter for policymaking in Latin America and leave an indelible imprint on the policy process and the resulting policies.

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