Range of consultation in the Americas

By: Jeremy Glass
Aug 08, 2022

The range of consultation with different parts of society when making policy, is an integral part of deliberative democracy. From 2019 to 2022, the range of consultation has significantly widened or narrowed among a handful of north and south American states.

The United States, the Dominican Republic, and Chile have widened their range of consultation after changes in leadership. On the other hand, while Canada and Uruguay are among the top 20% of Liberal Democracies in the 2022 Democracy Report, the range of consultation dropped significantly in these two years. The drop in their ratings for the variable poses no immediate threat to their liberal democratic status. But narrowing the range of consultation raises some concerns as a decline in deliberative components is an observed characteristic of autocratizing countries.

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