De La (Non) Démocratie En Amérique (Latine): A Tocqueville Report on the State of Governance in Latin America

43 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2018

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Paulo Roberto de Almeida

Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations; Centro Universitário de Brasília (UniCEUB)

Date Written: June 27, 2018

Abstract

Within a conceptual framework based on Tocqueville’s classic work about Democracy in America – freedom, democracy, equality, political organization, government and administrative centralization, etc. – this essay – drafted in the form of a report from Alexis de Tocqueville to the World Bank, at the demand of its Board – deals with the relative backwardness of Latin American countries, in terms of democratic principles, political accountability, insufficient economic and social development, social inequalities, adopting an historical and comparative perspective (with Asia-Pacific countries, for instance). The region has fragmented itself recently between globalizers, reluctant governments (protectionists and nationalists), and the so-called “Bolivarians”. Finally, it tackles the current and future challenges of Latin American countries, also in a comparative perspective with the Asia-Pacific region, and concludes that most of the problems at the source of the backwardness of the continent, and its peculiar difficulties to adapt and to insert into modernity and globalization are due to especially inept and corrupt elites, of all kinds and social origins.

Keywords: Political development, Alexis de Tocqueville, Latin America, comparative analysis

JEL Classification: N10

Suggested Citation

Almeida, Paulo Roberto de, De La (Non) Démocratie En Amérique (Latine): A Tocqueville Report on the State of Governance in Latin America (June 27, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3203951 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3203951

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SEPN 707/909 - Campus UniCEUB
Asa Norte
Brasilia, DF 70790-075
Brazil
(55.61) 2030-6620 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.pralmeida.org

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