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Citizenship Deficits in Latin American Democracies
Convergencia: Revista de Ciencias Sociales (2007)
  • Maxwell A. Cameron, University of British Columbia
There is little evidence of a crisis of electoral democracy in Latin America, yet many of the region’s democratic regimes are unstable. Recently, Latin American democracies have been threatened more by the unconstitutional and illegal actions of democratically elected leaders than by attempted military coups or systematic electoral fraud. The separation of powers is sometimes violated in subtle ways that do not necessarily interrupt electoral democracy. Such threats have been inadequately theorized in the literature. Theorizing the separation of powers could help the international community to monitor the progress or erosion of democracy in the Western Hemisphere. The proposed agenda for the assessment of democracy is aligned with the argument that the electoral institutions of democracy require a lawful state (estado de derecho) capable of backing the fundamental rights and freedoms of all citizens, without which Latin American democracies face an insurmountable citizenship deficit.
  • Democracy,
  • Citizenship,
  • Latin America
Publication Date
September, 2007
Citation Information
Maxwell A. Cameron. "Citizenship Deficits in Latin American Democracies" Convergencia: Revista de Ciencias Sociales Vol. 14 Iss. 45 (2007)
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