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La silla vacía y el dilema de la participación ciudadana en Ecuador


Castro-Montero, José Luis (2015). La silla vacía y el dilema de la participación ciudadana en Ecuador. c2d Working Papers Series 50, Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau (ZDA).

Abstract

This working paper consists of an empirical analysis of the constitutional mechanism called “empty chair” – in Spanish: silla vacía. In a first step, the conceptual and normative foundations for the institutional configuration of this mechanism are presented which in turn are forming the basis for the demonstration of its functioning in the municipalities of the province Pichincha from 2010 to 2013. The goal is to evaluate the performance of this mechanism within a setting of participatory democracy. There is evidence that the “empty chair” does not necessarily strengthen the representation of civil society forces in local governments with dominant party majorities as well as in the ones where the “empty chair” is appointed in a closed, intransparent way.

Abstract

This working paper consists of an empirical analysis of the constitutional mechanism called “empty chair” – in Spanish: silla vacía. In a first step, the conceptual and normative foundations for the institutional configuration of this mechanism are presented which in turn are forming the basis for the demonstration of its functioning in the municipalities of the province Pichincha from 2010 to 2013. The goal is to evaluate the performance of this mechanism within a setting of participatory democracy. There is evidence that the “empty chair” does not necessarily strengthen the representation of civil society forces in local governments with dominant party majorities as well as in the ones where the “empty chair” is appointed in a closed, intransparent way.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:Working Paper Series > C2D Working Paper Series
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
340 Law
900 History
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ecuador, citizen participation, direct democracy, governance
Language:Spanish
Date:17 September 2015
Deposited On:17 Sep 2015 08:05
Last Modified:16 Dec 2016 08:51
Series Name:c2d Working Papers Series
Number of Pages:25
ISSN:1662-8152 (E)
Related URLs:http://www.c2d.ch

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