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  • Author or Editor: Manuel Alcántara Sáez x
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This chapter analyses the actions taken by political stakeholders – presidents, state powers, opposition, political and social actors – in the face of the COVID-19 health crises in 18 Latin American countries. To do so, we study the actors in charge of communicating the outbreak of the pandemic and analyse the type of discourse they used. Then we explain which institutions undertook leadership in the crisis, highlighting the relevance almost always acquired by presidents and the secondary role played by the legislative and judicial powers. Thirdly, we discuss the role played by other political and social actors. Finally, we note the impact that the COVID-19 health crisis has had on the region’s democracies, emanating from the dynamics of the concentration of power in the executive and based on the results of elections held since September 2020.

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