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After a decade in local office, are indigenous peoples' governments in the Andes fulfilling their promise to provide a more participatory, accountable, and deliberative form of democracy? Using current debates in democratic theory as a framework, Donna Lee Van Cott examines 10 examples of institutional innovation by indigenous-party-controlled municipalities in Bolivia and Ecuador. In contrast to studies emphasizing the role of individuals and civil society, the findings underscore the contributions of leadership and political parties to promoting participation and deliberation — even at the local level. Democratic quality is more likely to improve where local actors initiate and design institutions. Van Cott concludes that indigenous parties' innovations have improved democratic quality in some respects, but that authoritarian tendencies endemic to Andean cultures and political organizations have limited their positive impact.

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Donna Lee Van Cott examines institutional innovation by indigenous party-controlled municipalities in Bolivia and Ecuador.

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ISBN:
9780521734172
Author:
Van Cott, Donna Lee
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Subject:
Politics, practical
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
Andes Region Politics and government.
Subject:
Democracy -- Andes Region.
Subject:
Politics - General
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
261
Dimensions:
8.90x5.90x.70 in. .85 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Latin America » Bolivia
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies

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