DE LA (NON) DÉMOCRATIE EN AMÉRIQUE (LATINE) A TOCQUEVILLE REPORT ON THE STATE OF GOVERNANCE IN LATIN AMERICA

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  • Paulo Roberto de Almeida Uniceub

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31501/repats.v5i1.10020

Resumo

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.

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Biografia do Autor

Paulo Roberto de Almeida, Uniceub

Paulo Roberto de Almeida, a Ph.D. in Social Sciences (Free University of Brussels, 1984), is Master in Economic Planning (College for Developing Countries, State University of Antwerp, 1977), and is a Brazilian career diplomat since 1977. Since August 2016 has been Director of the International Relations Research Institute, of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations. He is also professor of International Political Economy at the master and doctoral programs in Law at the University Center of Brasília (Uniceub). Has a dozen published books and many chapters in edited books. Contributes regularly to journals and to other scholarly undertakings

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Publicado

2018-10-10

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Opinion Paper