Democracy is under assault in Latin America.
For the fifth consecutive year, the region’s Global Democracy Index score — compiled by The Economist Intelligence Unit — has fallen, slipping from 6.13 in 2019 to 6.09 in 2020. With democratic backsliding in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Haiti, The Economist reckons that Latin America is now home to three democracies, 13 flawed democracies, five “hybrid regimes,” and 3 authoritarian regimes.
This pattern follows a global trend of autocratization, corroborated by other democracy measurements such as Freedom House and Varieties of Democracy.
While the numbers are alarming, they only represent...