Democracy in Dangerous Places: Colombia Vote with Paramilitary Preferences

11 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2010

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Fernando Estrada

Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Finanzas, Gobierno y Relaciones Internacionales

Date Written: March 13, 2010

Abstract

This paper discusses the problem of paramilitary violence in Colombia and its effects on democracy. The elections were part of the purpose of self defense and constituted a disguised form to retain its drug trafficking economy. The impacts on institutional technology have been negative: representative democracy, the electoral system and voting, they were not the same. With paramilitary violence changed the electoral map in areas contested by the traditional political parties. Voting with paramilitary preferences mean the biggest challenge is constitutional democracy in Colombia.

Keywords: Colombia, Democracy, Paramilitary, Vote, Representative Government

JEL Classification: D7, D74, H5, H56, H7, H77, Z00

Suggested Citation

Estrada, Fernando, Democracy in Dangerous Places: Colombia Vote with Paramilitary Preferences (March 13, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1570354 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1570354

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