Panama

The Rise of Corporation-Based Parties in Latin America: Evidence from Panama

October 12, 2016

While most eyes have been on the (re)emergence of viable leftist movements, parties, and governments in Latin America, new developments in the region’s conservative politics have gone unnoticed.1 Over the past quarter-century, a new conservative politics has emerged in Latin America, a politics in which powerful businesses – breweries, retail chains, industrial and agro-industrial firms, and financial and media conglomerates – are constructing their own parties and party factions.2 Parties sponsored by particular firms or conglomerate

Understanding the Panama Papers

April 7, 2016

On April 3rd, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published over 11 million leaked documents, a treasure trove of evidence connecting many of the world’s rich and famous to a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The papers implicate hundreds of individuals in hiding assets, facilitating bribery, arms deals, tax evasion, money laundering, financial fraud, and even drug trafficking.

Peace-Building through Tourism in Multicultural and Demilitarized Panama

October 10, 2016

The success of the tourism industry depends on government stability and an assurance of personal safety.[i] Not surprisingly, the industry responds immediately to political instability.  Even in post-conflict nations where histories of revolution and political uprising become tourism attractions (Babb 2011; Sánchez and Adams 2008), a degree of political and social stability is necessary to bring in tourism development.

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