October 2019: Is democracy overrated? Latin American students' support for dictatorships

Sandoval-Hernandez, Andres Miranda, Daniel Treviño, Ernesto Schmelkes, Sylvia
IEA (2019)
Results from ICCS 2016 show that more than two-thirds of the students in the participating Latin American countries reported that they would support a dictatorship as a form of government if it brought order and security, or if it brought economic benefits. This brief looks closer at these findings in order to identify possible explanations and potential policy implications.
Families and formal education have a potential role in instilling democratic values in future citizens, but it is clear that not all depends on schools and families. In failing democratic systems, where informed citizens do not trust their institutions, there is a need to improve transparency, and eradicate corruption in order to promote support for democratic values