Luis Rubio is Chairman of the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC), an independent research institution devoted to the study of economic and political policy issues. Winner of the APRA book award 1985, in 1993 he won the Dag Hammarskjöld Award, and in 1998 the National Journalists Award for op-ed pieces. He is author and editor of 45 books.
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Over the past two decades, governing institutions in Mexico and parts of Central America have proven too primitive to cope with the volatility of democratic transitions. Organized crime has taken over key activities of various levels of government and corruption has become more entrenched. These regions must face the challenge of building democratic institutions capable of engaging in good governance.