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Gubernatorial Elections in Mexico

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:30

A certain atmosphere of “rehearsal” is always present when sub-national or mid-term legislative elections take place with a new race for the national executive already in sight. The electoral dispute for diverse state-level and municipal offices, including the governorship of Mexico’s homonymous metropolitan state (Edomex), on June 4th was no exception.

The Engagement Curve: Trump’s Rise through the Lens of Latin American Populism

The election of Donald Trump caught everyone by surprise. Leaving aside the unprecedented nature of his candidacy, polling aggregators had pegged his chances at 20 percent, at the most optimistic. Exactly how Trump managed to beat the odds is still being examined and debated, but it seems clear that a substantial shift in the behavior of blue-collar and rural whites was key to his victory.

Outsider Politics in a Troubled Nation: Haiti

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 08:00

The United States isn’t the only country experiencing shifts of power with a businessman at the helm. On Tuesday, January 3rd, Haiti held elections and experienced businessman, Jovenel Moise won. He defeated 26 other candidates in a rerun of a 2016 election that was  judged a “disaster” by an independent commission appointed by interim president Privert. It was then repeatedly postponed, especially by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 (Charles, 2017). Moise will take office on February 7th.

Nicaraguan Democracy: Successes & Challenges

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 08:00

Nicaragua held its presidential elections last week, and current president Daniel Ortega was elected unanimously for the fourth time, garnering 72% of votes with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as his running mate (Wroughton & Pretel, 2016). The next closest competitor, center-right candidate Maximino Rodriguez, only managed to amass 14.2% of the vote (BBC, 2016). This was no surprise, as in previous months, the courts blocked the main opposition coalition from participating in the election. Mr.

¿Por quién votar en las próximas elecciones de Costa Rica?

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 15:15

Probablemente ese título no sea la mejor forma de comenzar un artículo sobre el más reciente proceso electoral en Costa Rica, pero definitivamente tiene una ventaja: me pone por fuera de la supuesta objetividad científica con que algunos analistas avanzan sobre la política. No es ese mi caso, pues justamente y a pesar de estar ahora en Pittsburgh, estoy seguro de que el resultado de estas elecciones va a determinar en gran medida aspectos de mi vida concreta, y no sólo de la mía, sino de la del resto de los y las costarricenses.

Elecciones en Costa Rica

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 15:15

Falta menos de una semana para que se efectúen las elecciones presidenciales y legislativas, y resulta imposible saber, con un adecuado margen de seguridad, que sucederá en ellas. Es muy factible una segunda vuelta, cuyos posibles participantes no se vislumbran a ciencia cierta. Pero aun más llamativo e importante que la notoria incertidumbre y volatilidad que han caracterizado el cierre de la campaña, son los posibles cambios que esta elección podría representar en el panorama político del país.

Elecciones 2014 - Costa Rica

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 15:15

El estudio de los sistemas de partidos y de los partidos políticos se ha tornado uno de los temas más activos dentro del campo de la política comparada. Sin embargo, el estudio empírico orientado a los partidos como organizaciones, todavía representa una de las grandes lagunas en este campo. Las grandes obras de Kirchheimer, Duverger y Sartori intentaron crear un marco de investigación sobre la realidad de los partidos, siguiendo el ejemplo de otros autores de inicio del siglo XX, como Ostrogorski, Michels, e inclusive Weber.

The End of a Political Era: 2014 Costa Rican Elections

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 12:45

2014 national elections in Costa Rica represents the end of the political era inaugurated in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The country has had a reputation of being an old and stable democracy in Latin America. Three main factors in the last decade have transformed the path party system has followed leading the political system into a paradoxical situation. First, individuals’ attachments to parties are weaker and have been replaced over time by careful scrutiny of the candidates and their proposals.

Continuation of FARC Negotiations at Risk in Colombian Presidential Runoff

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 12:30

The presidential election in Colombia this past Sunday, May 25th, resulted in no official victor. As mandated by national law, a presidential candidate must win a majority vote of 50%.1 Thus, the two front runners, incumbent Manuel Santos and challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, will compete in a June 15th runoff election after winning 25.6% and 29.3% of the vote, respectively.

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