Radar Opportunitas Podcast |  Episode 3

The Future of Democracy in Latin America

with guest Javier Corrales
Host: Guillermo Bolinaga | 3/28/24 | 25:48 min.
In the latest episode of Radar Opportunitas, Guillermo Bolinaga and Javier Corrales, professor of Political Science at Amherst College and contributor to The New York Times, discuss one of the trends that will shape the political and business dynamics in Latin America in 2024: progressive democratic deconsolidation. Javier Corrales analyzes the current state of this political system in Latin America, highlighting its challenges and opportunities.

Episode Notes

Democracy in Latin America: an Uphill Battle?

In a region that has been rocked by political, economic, and social crises, democracy in Latin America stands at a crossroads. Political polarization, corruption, the influence of illegal economies, and the erosion of technical capacity among public officials have all increased in Latin America. These factors serve as warning signs of the weakening of democratic institutions, prompting us to question whether the region will be able to consolidate its democratic systems or will succumb to forces seeking to undermine them. In our latest episode of “Radar Opportunitas,” we are honored to have Javier Corrales, a professor of Political Science at Amherst College in Massachusetts, and author of several titles such as Dragon in the Tropics: Venezuela and the Legacy of Hugo Chavez and Autocracy Rising: How Venezuela Transitioned to Authoritarianism. Professor Corrales has extensively published on Latin America and the Caribbean and is a contributor to The New York Times. He has also written for The Washington Post, NPR, and Foreign Policy. Click here


Javier Corrales

Javier Corrales is Dwight W. Morrow 1895 professor and chair of Political Science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Corrales’s research focuses on democratization, presidential powers, democratic backsliding, political economy of development, ruling parties, the incumbent’s advantage, foreign policies, and sexuality.

Guillermo Bolinaga

Guillermo Bolinaga is the co-founder of Opportunitas Advisors. He has over two decades of experience as a business consultant with a focus on risk management, strategic communications, and scenario planning. He was the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Director of Empresas Polar.
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