Latin American nations are, in the main, young democracies which have emerged from dictatorships. But many are still ‘finding their feet’ in translating the power of a voting electorate into public policies that meet social demands, says GIS guest expert Jesus Rodriguez. The overriding power of presidents over congresses is, in many cases, blamed for high poverty levels among vast swathes of the continent’s population, particularly where economic growth in those countries has been high.

MOST countries in Latin America followed the United States' model of governance when they embraced democracy in the last three decades, with a president as the executive branch of government and a con...

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 Jesus Rodríguez
Latin America, including the Caribbean, has around 9 per cent the world’s population, but it accounts for 27 per cent of the world’s murders, according to a UN Human Development report
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