Changes in the political landscape

Changes in the political landscape
The political changes now becoming evident in most democratic countries are often decried as caused by “populists.” So-called radical movements, however, can also be seen as a response to the failures of self-absorbed political “elites.” Consequently, the shifts they prompt may be a form of creative destruction necessary to make room for more effective policies and free debate.

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Evo Morales holds a child at a political rally

Opinion: Bolivia’s leftist president is feeling the heat

As President Evo Morales gears up to run for an unconstitutional fourth term, Bolivian politics enter a pivotal year. The last successful member of Latin America’s “pink wave” of leftist governments that rose to power on the commodities boom of the early 2000s must now deal with slumping hydrocarbon revenues and a disillusioned public. Mr. Morales may win a fair election in October, but the big question is whether he will seek to stay in office if he loses. 

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