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2017 in review

January 2, 2018 3

A review of the big elections of the last year and the current state of the "populist" threat.

Election preview: Chile runoff

December 17, 2017

The last big election for 2017 sees a closely-fought contest in Chile.

Can you get rid of presidential government?

August 4, 2017 5

Events in Venezuela and the United States again cast doubt on the "separation of powers" constitutional model. Can it be reformed or replaced?

Results on three continents

April 4, 2017

Three generally expected election results from the weekend, although one of them was a cliffhanger.

Three quick previews: Armenia, Serbia, Ecuador

March 31, 2017 1

Three elections this weekend offer contrasting lessons on the problems of presidential government.

On to round two in Ecuador

February 24, 2017

A delayed count in Ecuador has failed to stave off a second round of voting, in which the ruling leftist party will face a difficult challenge.

Election preview: Ecuador

February 18, 2017

Ecuador's leftist president is respecting term limits and bowing out. Change is on the way, which may not be good news for Julian Assange.

Death of a dictator

November 28, 2016

The death of Fidel Castro would be a good opportunity for reflection on some serious issues. Instead, many on both sides have embarrassed themselves.

Finally, a winner in Peru

June 10, 2016

And you thought Austria was close? Peru's presidential election finally produces a winner, by a tiny margin.

And now Peru puts on a cliffhanger

June 6, 2016

The second round of Peru's presidential election is too close to call. Venezuela's president, on the other hand, is fighting tooth and nail against recall.