Media democratisation in Ecuador (2018)

A regulatory process of “democratising the media” based on recent constitutional guarantees and a 2013 communications law is under way in Ecuador. The initiative comes from a demand for new forms of social accountability and participation in the mass media after the Latin American experience of media companies’ direct engagement in coups and the destabilisation of progressive governments. Media democratisation is seen as necessary for the construction of democratic societies. Continue reading “Media democratisation in Ecuador (2018)”

From Havana to Quito: Understanding Economic Reform in Cuba and Ecuador (2016)

Cuba and Ecuador are very different countries, but they share a common history and are politically linked by principles of the progressive Bolivarian Alliance (ALBA) bloc. They are also engaged in quite distinct processes of political economic reform. In brief, Cuba is cautiously expanding its commercialisation while Ecuador is expanding its public sector. But there is more to it than that. Continue reading “From Havana to Quito: Understanding Economic Reform in Cuba and Ecuador (2016)”