Bratton, M., Chirinos, L., Dininio, P., Goodson, L. P., Heller, P. G., Huber, E., ... Arnson, C. J. (Ed.) (2009). Democratic Deficits: Addressing Challenges to Sustainability and Consolidation Around the World. (Woodrow Willson Center Reports on the Americas #21; No. BM-). Washington, DC: RTI International and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Latin American Program.
How are democracies around the world addressing the deficits they face today? What cases are viewed as particularly successful in addressing poverty or social services? Have institutional reforms—anticorruption measures, participatory mechanisms, judicial or ministerial reform, and decentralization, among others—been successful or even useful? Does ethnic or religious division prevent progress, and how can it be best addressed? These are among the central issues addressed in this compilation of essays prepared for the policy forum, “Democratic Deficits: Addressing Challenges to Sustainability and Consolidation Around the World,” cosponsored by RTI International and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.