Democracy and Civil Society in Latin America and the Caribbean in a Time of Change
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Historically, countries in Latin America have been noted for political and economic instability and numerous expressions of violence and inequality. This has created concerns about weak democratic governance. These realities exist alongside a great capacity for social innovation, various forms of solidarity, rich natural resources and vast cultural diversity. The region is witnessing a change in models and paradigms related to democratic governance that are undoubtedly influencing and are influenced by civil society action. In this context, various forms of civil society (civil society organizations [CSOs], nongovernmental organizations [NGOs], labor unions and social movements, among others) are actively responding. Civil society actors are mobilized and connected through new and diverse forms with private sector groups, the media, political parties, government entities, and local, national and international networks.
Democracy, Civil Society, Latin America, Caribbean, Time of Change