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The ALBA Constitutional Project and Political Representation

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dc.contributor.author Díaz de Valdés, José Manuel
dc.contributor.author Verdugo, Sergio
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-29T19:41:28Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-29T19:41:28Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON), Vol. 17, Issue 2, 2019, pp. 479–488 es
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1093/icon/moz037 es
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11447/3497
dc.description.abstract After the Cold War era, significant constitutional changes took place in Latin America. One distinct trend is the neo-Bolivarian constitutionalism, which has taken place in the ALBA countries, including the constitutional replacements of Venezuela (1999), Ecuador (2008) and Bolivia (2009). Many scholars have rightly criticized these constitutional experiments arguing that they have helped to deteriorate a liberal notion of democracy. This essay approaches a question that complements those criticisms from a different perspective: how the ALBA countries have resorted to varied notions of political representation. The authors use the classic work of Pitkin to identify the different sorts of political representation involved in the ALBA constitutional experiments, finding a combination of symbolic and descriptive representation. The former is linked to the figure of the President as a caudillo that centralizes political power, whereas the latter is fostered by both the President and the contents of the new constitutions related to the original peoples. As a result, the empowering purpose of constitutionalism has been preferred over its constraining purpose. es
dc.format.extent 11 p. es
dc.language.iso en es
dc.subject Constitutional Law es
dc.subject Latin America es
dc.subject ALBA countries es
dc.title The ALBA Constitutional Project and Political Representation es
dc.type Article es


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