Policy Papers on the Americas: Bolivia's Crisis of Governance
January 6, 2006
The Morales government that takes office on January 22 will face daunting challenges if it seriously seeks to emerge from the crisis of government. It must repair the damage done to legitimate state authority during the past tumultuous years, rebuild relations between the executive branch and Congress, broaden efforts at improving municipal and local government, and begin a long overdue effort to promote transparency in government and fight corruption. On the economic front, the new government must pursue strategies that promote sustained economic growth and create jobs—jobs that allow Bolivians to be lifted out of poverty. Urgent efforts must be made in health, education, housing, and infrastructure. This requires investment, public and private, domestic and foreign, and a key challenge will be to encourage an environment conducive to such investment. Most importantly, Bolivia’s pressing social and economic needs will not be met without improvements in governance—in the ability of the state to effectively, democratically, and efficiently exercise its legitimate authority to promote the common good.
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