The And The Binomial Electoral System Essay

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Court would have to rule whether the amendment was constitutional or not. When Chile was transitioning to democracy there were fourteen justices out of the sixteen who were appointed during the regime (Huneeus 2007, 439). The nine designated senators that were appointed was also pro Pinochet. Their presence would ensure that Pinochet would continue to be supported in the legislature. These impediments limited the party coalitions’ responsiveness and ability to enact legislation that would benefit the people (Posner 1999, 59).
The binomial electoral system also encourages a lack of representation over candidate selection. Candidates for office are chosen by the elites after intensive negotiations within the party coalitions. “The selection of candidates by the way of negotiations assured political voice for all members of the coalition in congress” (Sehnbruch & Siavelis 2013, 33). Yet it also took away the public’s ability to have a say in the candidate selection process. The public have no control over who will be running for office. They can only choose the candidate that fits their political identity the most. However, since the transition of democracy there is a decrease in the percentage of Chilean people who identify with a political party. In 1992, 87 percent of Chileans said that they identified with a political party. In 2008 only 43 percent identified with a political party and none of the parties gained a percentage above 10 percent (Sehnbruch & Siavelis 2013, 34).…

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