Executive Power in the Northern Andes
The region in South America that now encompasses Ecuador,Colombia, and Venezuela was once the first Spanish viceroyalty to breakfree from the crown and establish their own independent government
.Since that separation, these countries have experienced an often volatilestruggle for representative democracy facing a shift toward socialism,encountering the deficiencies of populism, all with the constant threat of coup d¶états from their standing militaries.This interdisciplinary study aims to give a brief history of LatinAmerican government systems and to profile current modes of representation by analyzing their current executive leadership. In thisinterdisciplinary study we will discuss the political implications of the rise of Colombia¶s new president, Juan Manuel Santos, and the issues this region of Latin America is now facing including foreign relations with the UnitedStates, and other regional and foreign influences. World trade and foreigninvestment has dramatically influenced these areas¶ economic sustainabilityand propelled substantial growth in the 2000¶s. In the midst of LatinAmerica¶s ongoing development, there are still ongoing concerns overhuman rights issues, freedom of the press, and the environment in this
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