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Good News Is Not Bad News

Social scientists, historians, and political observers in general agree on one point about the Eastern European revolutions of 1989: no one foresaw them. The collapse of Communist power in Eastern Europe, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, the implosions in the Soviet Union—the end of …

Out of Phase Again

More than twenty years ago I published a short article on Inter-American relations with the title “Out of Phase.” Intellectual fashions in thinking on development, I tried to show, tended to go through changes in the United States that were matched, but in the opposite direction, by shifts occurring at …

On Democracy in Latin America

The point of departure of any serious thought about the chances for the consolidation of democracy in Latin America must surely be pessimism. The principal reason is simply that the historical record is so unpromising. In this respect, the recent disintegration of seemingly well-entrenched authoritarian regimes in Argentina, Brazil, and …