Democracy Publications

In Search of Peace

Apr 07, 2014
A strong state encompasses a whole spectrum of institutions for conflict prevention and management (formal and informal and at the local and national levels). If the state is institutionally weak and illegitimate, conflict will likely occur since the institutional constraints on aggressive predatory behavior are also weak or do not exist at all. The recent conflict in Ukraine illustrates this clearly.

The Political Economy of Progressive Tax Reform in Chile

Mar 30, 2014
With the March 11, 2014, inauguration of Michele Bachelet to a second, non-consecutive presidential term, Chile may be on track to enact its most significant tax reform in decades.

NOTICIAS Winter 2014

Feb 07, 2014
The newsletter of the Latin American Program, Brazil Institute, and Mexico Institute

Shaping U.S.-Brazil Relationship After the Snowden Affair: A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon

Feb 05, 2014
The Brazil Institute is pleased to launch a special report on the Dec. 19 event with Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon

One Goal, Two Struggles: Confronting Crime and Violence in Mexico and Colombia

Feb 04, 2014
In this publication international experts address the utility of comparing Colombia and Mexico’s experiences and strategy for combatting organized crime and violence more generally.

Brazil’s Political Challenge: Building Consensus on an Economically Sustainable Strategy

Oct 10, 2013
Three leading economists provide commentary on Brazil's economy.

Four Rule of Law Policies to Make Mexico Grow

Sep 26, 2013
In this article, Mexico scholar Viridiana Rios discusses the relationship between economic development and the rule of law. She argues that the rule of law provides a foundation for economic development by fostering a secure climate for investment, creating an environment of certainty about conflict resolution, providing all economic actors equal access to justice, and limiting corruption, predatory behavior and informality.

2013 Elections Guide

Sep 24, 2013
This 2013 Elections Guide features all of the presidential and legislative elections this year, covering election cycles in twelve countries for a total of fifteen. Notably, there are entries for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s electoral conquest after a year of instability in Mali, President Robert Mugabe’s successful re-election bid in Zimbabwe, as well as future presidential contests in Guinea-Bissau and Madagascar.

A Economia Política da Reforma Tributária: o caso Brasileiro

Sep 18, 2013
Brazilian expert José Roberto Afonso, analyzes the political economy of tax reform in Brazil (Portuguese). Executive summary available in English.

Civic Engagement and the Judicial Reform: The role of civil society in reforming criminal justice in Mexico

Aug 22, 2013
This report focuses on the role played by civil society in Mexico's judicial reform process, highlighting the efforts of organizations that have been influential and emblematic of civic activism in this area.