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Segmented Representation: Political Party Strategies in Unequal Democracies

Juan Pablo Luna


Millions of enfranchised people live in abject poverty in democracies around the world. Yet in representative democracies, the success or failure of political parties rests on their ability to effectively engage voters. In today’s highly unequal and individualized societies, the diversity of voters along socioeconomic, religious, and other lines presents an obstacle for parties vying for electoral success. How, then, can widespread, crushing poverty still exist in stable democracies, if every citizen has a vote? Two wildly different parties, Chile’s right-wing UDI and Uruguay’s left-wing Frent ... More

Keywords: Electoral segmentation, party–voter linkages, programmatic, clientelistic, harmonization, democracy, representation, political parties, inequality, UDI, FrenteAmplio, Chile, Uruguay

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199642649
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juan Pablo Luna, author
Associate Professor, Instituto de Ciencia Política, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile