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Apportionment and Party Politics in Santiago, Chile

Ronald H. McDonald
Midwest Journal of Political Science
Vol. 13, No. 3 (Aug., 1969), pp. 455-470
DOI: 10.2307/2110234
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2110234
Page Count: 16
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Apportionment and Party Politics in Santiago, Chile
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Abstract

Failure to reapportion in Chile during an extended period of rapid population growth and urbanization has produced significant representational distortions in national Congressional districts. Institutional, cultural, and behavioral characteristics of Chilean party politics limit the political effects of misapportionment, and maintain an accurate balance in party representation. Despite ideological differences, national political parties compete in Santiago Province somewhat independently of traditional social, economic, and demographic variables. Representation must be viewed within the context of a developing nation, where existing distortions partially equalize the interests of urban Santiago Province and the remainder of the country.

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