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The Political Culture of Democracy in the Americas, 2014: Democratic Governance across 10 Years of the AmericasBarometer

Edited By: Elizabeth J. Zechmeister, Ph.D. Director, Latin American Public Opinion Project Associate Professor, Department of Political Science Vanderbilt University

This study was performed with support from the Program in Democracy and Governance of the United States Agency for International Development. The opinions expressed in this study are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the point of view of the United States Agency for International Development.

December 2014

Table of Authors 

Table of Authors Part I: Crime, Violence and Perceptions of State Capacity in the Americas Chapter 1:

Crime and Violence across the Americas By Nicole Hinton and Daniel Montalvo with Arturo Maldonado, Mason Moseley, and Daniel Zizumbo-Colunga

Chapter 2:

Safety and Security as Influences on Everyday Life By Arturo Maldonado and Mariana Rodríguez

Chapter 3:

Citizen Security, Evaluations of the State, and Policy Preferences By Matthew Layton and Mariana Rodríguez with Mason Moseley and Daniel ZizumboColunga

Part II: Governance, Political Engagement and Civil Society in the Americas Chapter 4:

Economic Development and Perceived Economic Performance in the Americas By Matthew M. Singer, Ryan E. Carlin, and Gregory J. Love

Chapter 5:

Corruption in the Americas By Matthew M. Singer, Ryan E. Carlin, and Gregory J. Love

Chapter 6:

Democracy, Performance, and Local Government in the Americas By Gregory J. Love, Ryan E. Carlin, and Matthew M. Singer

Chapter 7:

A Decade of Democratic Legitimacy in the Americas By Ryan E. Carlin, Gregory J. Love, and Matthew M. Singer

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Table of Contents 

Table of Contents

List of Figures ............................................................................................................................ ix  List of Maps .............................................................................................................................. xiii  List of Tables ............................................................................................................................ xiii  Preface ....................................................................................................................................... xv  Prologue: Background to the Study ...................................................................................... xvii  Acknowledgements ............................................................................................................... xxvii  Introduction............................................................................................................................ xxxi  Technical Note ..................................................................................................................... xxxvii  Understanding Figures in this Study .................................................................................... xliii  Part I: Crime, Violence and Perceptions of State Capacity in the Americas ........................ 1  Chapter 1.  Crime and Violence across the Americas........................................................ 3  I. Introduction ..................................................................................................................... 3  II. Background: The Prevalence of Crime and Violence in the Americas ......................... 5  Official Rates of Intentional Homicide, Robberies and Burglaries .................... 5  Public Opinion Data as an Important Source for Crime Statistics .................... 9  III. An Overview of Crime and Violence in the Minds of Citizens of the Americas ...... 11  IV. Experiences with Crime and Violence in the Americas: A View from the AmericasBa