Abstract

Among the key influences shaping the quality of democracy in Latin America today are the recent political mobilization and formal incorporation of indigenous peoples. In countries where such peoples make up a large share or even a majority of the populace, their legal and political incorporation into the state signifies a major power shift and the weakening of institutions that had been built to exclude them. Where indigenous peoples constitute a smaller share of the electorate, their recent inclusion denotes a more generalized opening of the political system to excluded and vulnerable sectors of society.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 127-142
Launched on MUSE
2007-11-01
Open Access
No
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