Bolivia, a country in economic and political transition, is experiencing growing pains from its recent institutional reforms. Despite the government’s move towards decentralization, Bolivians still expect a centralized state to provide solutions to problems surrounding corruption, drug trafficking, and poverty.
Presentations by Michael McFaul, Thomas Graham, Anatol Lieven, and Lilia Shevtsova.
Presentation by Yegor Gaidar, former acting prime minister of Russia
The Venezuelan Constituent Assembly has considered or accepted constitutional changes of dubious democratic character and President Hugo Chávez has deeply involved the military in governance tasks. Is Chávez’s “political revolution” a series of haphazard changes or does it mark a coordinated move towards authoritarianism?
By supporting expensive institutions and processes of democratization, democracy assistance creates political systems that are financially unsustainable for less developed countries. There are less expensive donor strategies that could help to produce more economically viable democratizations.
Presenter: Edward Luck, Executive Director, Center for the Study of International Organization, NYU School of Law