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Bolivian Interim President Uses Pandemic for Power Grab

July 21, 2020
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In Bolivia, the spread of COVID-19 has not only pressured the weak health infrastructure of the country but also questioned the stability of the democracy. According to a statement released by the Ministry of Health of the Plurinational State of Bolivia on July 6, 2020, 41,541 people in Bolivia had contracted COVID-19 at that point. Of those who had contracted the disease, 27,617 were active, 12,389 had recovered, and 1,530 had died (Ministerio de Salud, 2020).

A Guide to Argentina's 2019 Presidential Election

August 12, 2019
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On August 11th Argentines will be headed to the polls to vote in the primary elections, the first step in determining who will be on the ballot for the general presidential election on October 27th. While a change in president is always impactful for any country, Argentine citizens are especially aware of the importance of their ballot this time around. Since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2018, the peso has risen to above 40 pesos to the dollar, indicating a 48% inflation rate.

A Woman's Place

March 23, 2017
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On March 8, 2017 most of the world celebrated International Women’s day. And while this celebration has seldom existed without controversy, this year the internet exploded as social media watched and compared two very distinct speeches from world leaders.[1]

All They Wanted? Presidents, Political Support, and Agency Design in Costa Rica

October 19, 2016
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Presidents want public institutions that give them ample control of bureaucracy. Conversely, members of Congress purposefully choose to place new agencies outside presidents’ control as a way of shielding those agencies from presidential influence. These claims are two well-known assumptions in the literature on agency design.

Guatemala Elections 2015: A Brief Overview

October 5, 2016
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This upcoming September, eligible Guatemalans will be voting for several heads of state including President, Vice President, 158 Congress deputies, and 338 mayors.  With increasing rates of poverty, crime, and violence, the next wave of elected officials will play a major role in the country’s direction and future.  Perhaps the most important of these will be the selection of the president-elect and the agenda he or she pursues.  However, the pool of hopeful candidates (as can be seen below) appears less-than-ideal.

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