Poltica pblica y democracia en Amrica Latina: Del anlisis a la implementacin

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                     regional priorities remain an open Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia—as rec- region, there is no reason to acquiesce
                     question: does it favor stability over ommended by this volume—would in its demise.
                     support for genuine democratic pro- send a disheartening signal to those
                     cesses? Its record in Bolivia suggests struggling to create or sustain genu- Daniel W. Fisk, formerly special
                     the former.                            inely liberal, democratic societies. assistant to the president and senior
                        The preference of the United States Maybe the limitations on U.S. policy director for Western Hemisphere
                     for pragmatic engagement regard- are such that pragmatic engagement affairs on the National Security
                     less of the government in power was is the best we can ask for, or maybe it Council, is currently the senior
                     viewed not long ago as a failure of is a sign of our own fatigue with the foreign policy advisor to Senator
                     this country’s moral authority. To re- region. Regardless, even if democ- Mel Martinez (R-FL). The views
                     turn to that practice in the cases of racy may be on the defensive in the expressed are his own.

                                                                                                         are major shortcomings that need to
                      Política pública y                                                                 be addressed. Vidal Garza Cantú, as-
                      democracia en América                                                              sociate director of EGAP, summarizes
                      Latina: Del análisis                                                               this concern: “Latin American coun-
                                                                                                         tries have reached electoral democ-
                      a la implementación                                                                racy and its basic freedoms, but they
                      Freddy Mariñez Navarro and                                                         have not advanced to consolidate a
                      Vidal Garza Cantú                                                                  democracy led by citizens.”
                      (Coordinadores)                                                                       Nearly all the essays conclude that
                                                                                                         the key to successful policymaking
                      Políticas Públicas Serie, 2009,
                                                                                                         is broad involvement by the citizens
                      Softcover, 555 pages
                                                                                                         affected by government policies.
                                                                                                         Eugenio Lahera, who holds profes-
                                                                                                         sorships at the University of Chile
                                                                                                         and Princeton University, argues that
                        REVIEWED BY KIMBERLY ASCOLI                                                      stakeholder engagement in Chile
                             AND TAMAR S. BENZAKEN                                                       has led to political stability, and is
                                                                                                         one reason why the Concertación—a
                          atin America is constantly being     involved in every stage of the poli-      coalition of center-left parties—has

Description: From Analysis to Implementation, a collection of essays by 34 Latin American scholars, offers a solution: building a democracia ciudadana (participatory democracy), in which the public and private sectors and civil society are involved in every stage of the policymaking process. The 22 essays in the book, alternating between theoretical discussions and country-specific case studies, examine how the implementation of public policies can help to explain the daunting challenges facing the region's democratic institutions.
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