“The peoples of the Americas have a right to democracy and their governments have an obligation to promote and defend it.” These words open the “Inter-American Democratic Charter” which was recently drafted by the Organization of American States (OAS). The charter goes on to specify procedures to follow should the constitutional system of any member state be threatened or interrupted. While the OAS champions the Democratic Charter as an important step in the hemispheric defense of democracy, people throughout Latin America have good reason for skepticism. Despite the transition from authoritarian rule, politics remains an exclusive club, with power concentrated in the hands of a narrow elite who benefit from the existing order and resist change.
How to Cite:
Adams, F., (2007). The Democratic Governance Agenda of the Organization of the American States. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 16(1), pp.187–200. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/42