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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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Decentralized Politics and Political Outcomes in the Andes

Decentralized Politics and Political Outcomes in the Andes

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The Crisis of Democratic Representation in the Andes

Kathleen O'neill

Stanford University Press

This chapter investigates the relationship between decentralizing reforms, political parties and political representation in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. It analyzes changes in the intergovernmental distribution of power which affects democratic representation by allowing for (or not) the election of representatives at the local and state level and evaluates whether improvements in representation at the local level offset serious deficiencies at the national level. The analysis indicates that the relationship between decentralization and political representation varies significantly across countries and over time within countries and that the effects of decentralization on political representation are experienced locally.

Keywords:   decentralization, political parties, political representation, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, democratic representation

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