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The Crisis of Democratic Representation in the Andes$
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Scott Mainwaring, Ana Maria Bejarano, and Eduardo Pizarro Leongomez

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752787

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752787.001.0001

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Giants with Feet of Clay: Political Parties in Colombia

Giants with Feet of Clay: Political Parties in Colombia

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(p.78) 3 Giants with Feet of Clay: Political Parties in Colombia
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The Crisis of Democratic Representation in the Andes
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Eduardo Pizarro Leongómez

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804752787.003.0003

This chapter examines the role of the political parties in the crisis of democratic representation in Colombia. It explains that Colombia's two-party system actually functioned as multi-party system resulting in factional struggle and that the internal fragmentation of the Liberal and Conservative Parties intensified in the 1990s causing a move from an internal structure based on institutionalized factions to one based on personalistic factions or the so-called electoral micro-enterprises. This chapter also suggests that the disintegration of the parties seriously affected the governability of the state and the very legitimacy of democratic institutions.

Keywords:   political parties, democratic representation, Colombia, two-party system, personalistic factions, electoral micro-enterprises, democratic institutions

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