In an international league-table of respect for civil liberties and the rule of law, both of these governments would be placed at the higher end of the scale. On the political spectrum they would have more in common with liberal democracy than with either the Chile of Pinochet or Bulgaria. Their more enterprising journalists do not, as has happened in pre-Alfonsin Argentina, in Mexico or Nigeria,
end up in the cemetery prematurely. Both countries are constantly cited as models of successful integration with the global economy, whatever their difficulties following the recession of the early 1980s.