Introductory Essay

Bradley A.U. Levinson


Recent events across the Americas suggest that the work of building a democratic political culture through educational practices and institutions is more important than ever. The June, 2009 coup in Honduras, the September, 2010 coup in Ecuador, the recent electoral travesty in Haiti, and the evidence of state-level Machiavellian power plays revealed through the Wikileaks scandal—all of these events call into question the strength and maturity of civil society to sustain democracy or to contest non-democratic actions by state actors or franchised players in the political system.  Here at the Inter-American Journal of Education for Democracy, we hope that our scholarly contributions to discourse and debate—our granito de arena—can continue to tip the scales in favor of a deep and long-lasting democracy across the region.