How Much Can A Democracy Take?

Bolivia's hopes of overcoming poverty rely on strengthening its democracy

Vladimir Torres
Published: Wednesday, 07/06/2005 12:00 am EDT

Democracy is expensive. The development of stable, longstanding democratic institutions, of independent government powers and a culture of participation in a free society takes not only time, but also many precious resources. The old adage of the prevalence of the urgent over the important blurs the fact that any hope of effectively responding to the needs of a population is intrinsically linked to political stability, the rule of law and democratic development.

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