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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Disappointment with Transition to Democracy 

Today's Los Angeles Times has a somewhat depressing article describing disappointment in El Salvador 12 years after civil war ended and democratic institutions were adopted. I simply don't know enough about El Salvador to assess whether this is a case of a journalist's selective interviews giving a particular slant to the news (although I don't doubt for a second that some Salvadoreans are deeply suffering), but it does strike me that it's worth looking at this and other cases of transitions to democracy to see whether governments, international organizations and private charities can do a better job of making sure that the message "democracy won't improve your life" gets as little supporting evidence as possible.

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