Latin American Presidencies Interrupted

  title={Latin American Presidencies Interrupted},
  author={Arturo Valenzuela},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={19 - 5}
  • A. Valenzuela
  • Published 13 October 2004
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Democracy
Almost 25 years have passed since Latin America began what has turned out to be the fullest and most enduring experience it has ever had with constitutional democracy. While dictatorships were the norm in the 1960s and 1970s—only Colombia, Costa Rica, and Venezuela avoided authoritarian rule during those decades—today an elected government rules in every Latin American country except Cuba and Haiti. As David Scott Palmer notes, between 1930 and 1980, the 37 countries that make up Latin America… 
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