The Unchecked Demise of Nicaraguan Democracy17 November 2017
OLIVER DELLA COSTA STUENKEL, ANDREAS E. FELDMANN November 16, 2017
This publication is from Carnegie’s Rising Democracies Network.
While the world closely watches the profound political crisis in Venezuela, more subtle threats to democracy in other parts of Latin America are going unchecked. Taking the place of overt ruptures such as military coups is the slow erosion of democracy prompted by incumbents who display authoritarian tendencies and deliberately undermine democratic institutions and systems to maintain control. Since the start of the twenty-first century, incumbents in Latin America have been exploiting economically promising circumstances, particularly due to the commodity boom, to enhance their legitimacy and strengthen their grip on power.
Nicaragua is a prime example of this worrisome …