Institutions, Accountability and Democratic Governance in Latin America

Funded by: USAID; Coca-Cola Company Date Range: 2000 Project Lead: Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Scholars, politicians, journalists, and civic leaders met in 2000 to analyze the difficulties of producing limited yet effective government. This project, led by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, addressed one of the most important challenges related to the quality of democracy in Latin America: how to build more effective mechanisms of accountability while simultaneously protecting governability. The conference was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Coca-Cola Company.

Scholars and practitioners gathered for a conference to explore whether institutions could be designed to help ameliorate the problems of accountability in a region often characterized by corruption and undue executive dominance. What conditions lead politicians to adopt effective institutions of accountability? By promoting dialogue among participants from different sectors, the organizers hoped to identify policy recommendations aimed at strengthening democratic accountability and effective governance in Latin America. The conference resulted in a publication, "Democratic Accountability in Latin America" (Oxford University Press, 2003), edited by Scott Mainwaring and Christopher Welna.