Latin America: Still in Trouble

Latin America: Still in Trouble

In the 1980s, democracy came to Latin America. Most countries created democratic institutions. Unparalleled opportunities seemed to open for the left. In Brazil, Argentina, and Peru, center-left governments were voted into office. Elsewhere (in Chile and El Salvador), Christian Democrats came to power. For democrats, a moment of historic opportunity seemed to have arrived. But in the 1990s many began to fear that the moment had passed. Latin American governments were implementing regressive economic policies. Social democratic parties lost much of their support. One reason for the seeming setback to the left, of course, was the devastating economic crisis in 1982.

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