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At its new office, CADAL organized the Latin American Forum Buenos Aires, with the participation as guest speakers of political scientists Patricio Navia and Carlos Gervasoni and economic journalist Tristán Rodríguez Loredo. The first part of the Forum was dedicated to analyzing the "Political and economic perspectives in Argentina", in charge of Gervasoni and Rodríguez Loredo, and in the second part Patricio Navia referred to the subject of "Representation and inequality in Latin American democracies".
Carlos Gervasoni, professor at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and member of CADAL's Academic Council gave a lecture on the poiitical and electoral perspectives 2010-2011; Image, strengths and weaknesses of federal government; the reconfiguration of justicialism and radicalism; the rule of law and the state of democracy after 7 years of kirchnerism; and the agenda of postkirchnerism.
At his turn, Tristán Rodríguez Loredo, economist, journalist and Director of CADAL's Advisory Council, referred to the economic perspectives 2010-2011; macroeconomic situation and its projection to the political scene; Presidential elections and its interaction with the economic situation; Debt and financial urgencies; the relationshipt between the federal government and the provinces and the fiscal side of the electoral campaign; the result of K's economic model and an aproximation to the economic agenda of postkirchnerism.
Finally, Patricio Navia, professor at New York University (USA) and Universidad Diego Portales (Chile), columnist of the newspaper La Tercera and Poder magazine, and Member of CADAL's Academic Council, refered to the subject of "Representation and inequality in Latin American democracies". For Navia there are two essential conditions of democracia, representation and equality. Since it asumes that we pick representatives to defend our interests and make decisions affecting all of us, democracy has to have clear, transparent, legitimate and competitive mechanisms to choose its authorities. Without good representation, democracy does not work. On the contrary, there is room for populism, clientelism and authoritarianisms. At the same time, inequality also goes against democratic stability. In countries with high levels of inequality and few chances of social movility, democracy cannot be mantained on solid pillars.
Stepan Zajac, Ambassador of Czech Republic, and Jorge Goyenola, Consul (H) of Czech Republic in Uruguay.
Claire Rochecouste, from the Embassy of Australia, and Mateja Lesar Markovic, from the Embassy of Slovenia.
Political Scientist Matías Franchini and Historian Ricardo López Göttig.