Essay about The Structural Factors Of Colombia

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Although Colombia is afflicted with high levels of governmental corruption the prospects for democracy are hopeful. While the nation does face a drug trafficking problem and high inequality, the democratic ideals, ethnically and religiously monolithic culture, and market economy provide the necessary fodder to incite a democratic revolution. By splitting USAID between good governance and civil society issues of corruption and media censorship can be resolved, providing Colombia with conditions ideal for a democratic revolution. Due to Colombia’s governmental infrastructure already resembling that of a democracy and its advanced party system and elections, I recommend that 0% of funding be allotted to rule of law and human rights or political competition. Instead, I suggest that 50% of USAID be devoted to good governance, specifically anti-corruption, and 50% be committed to civil society in the name of media freedom and civic participation in order to foster democratic development in Colombia. Before I elaborate on how to promote democracy, I will explain the three structural factors of Colombia that will encourage democratization. These are: * An efficient market economy and large GDP * An ethnically and religiously unified society * An urban community.
Colombia’s economy is an industry and service based market economy that is growing. Its current GDP per capita is $14,000 according to the CIA World Factbook and the unemployment rate is only 8.9%. All of these…

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