Grounds for democratic adherence: Brazil

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2007

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Meneguello, Rachel, 1958-

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Historical data about the features of democratic adherence and how it works in Latin America suggest that citizens on the subcontinent consistently accept the Churchill's model of democracy. A growing preference for the democratic regime as the best form of government available seems to go side by side with its problems, embodied as much in the distrust of representative institutions as in interpersonal distrust, general lack of interest and reduced engagement in conventional politics. Data suggest that elections are generally regarded in the whole region as a benchmark of political inclusiveness and intervention, and the growing perception of efficiency and fairness of electoral processes adds up as a guarantee of system functioning.

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