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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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Ecuador: The Provincialization of Representation

Ecuador: The Provincialization of Representation

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The Crisis of Democratic Representation in the Andes

Simón Pachano

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the role of the provincialization of representation in the crisis of democratic representation in Ecuador. It analyzes the main characteristics of the electoral system and especially the structure and formation of the National Congress and its relationship to the executive. It explores the relationship between formal institutions and political practice and the ability of institutional structures to reflect and process the cleavages in national politics. This chapter argues that while the provincialization of parties has facilitated their survival it has also caused their main deficiencies.

Keywords:   provincialization, representation, democratic representation, Ecuador, electoral system, National Congress, formal institutions, political practice, national politics

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