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Daniel Levine, Woodrow Wilson Center and the University of Michigan; Diego Abente, National Endowment for Democracy

In considering the nature and future prospects of the current wave of democracies in Latin America, analysis has shifted from a concern with regime change, transitions, and consolidation to a focus on the quality of these democracies. In the new book The Quality of Democracy, co-editors Daniel Levine and José E. Molina provide a rich and nuanced analysis of democratic systems and propose a theoretical foundation for the understanding of Latin American democracies. Detailed case studies of Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil are provided.

To what extent do citizens participate and influence decision-making? Are elections free and fair? Are there ways of ensuring government accountability? Do unelected power brokers exert undue influence?