Chile's Democracy (1992-2006)

29 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2014

Date Written: November 1, 2012


In this paper, I posit a research question: To what extent was Chile's democracy consolidated in the years 1992-2006 in light of Robert Dahl’s definition of a real democracy and the model presented by Linz and Stepan in their article "Toward Consolidated Democracies"?

According to many researchers, Chile in 2006 was a model for the stabilization of democratic regimes in Latin America, thus it is very important to examine the extent to which at that period Chile implemented the democratic values of developed Western democracies.

The paper is divided into three parts.

In Part One, I present the procedural conditions of a real democracy according to Robert Dahl, and the model of consolidated democracies as presented by Linz and Stepan in the article "Toward Consolidated Democracies".

In Part Two, I compare the adequacy of Chile's democracy according to the procedural conditions defined by Dahl and the degree to which it complies with the five basic conditions presented in Linz and Stepan’s model, while reviewing Chile’s political, economic and social developments between the years 1992-2006.

In Part Three, I present researchers’ arguments regarding Chile's democracy as a result of recent developments.

Keywords: Chile, democracy definition, consolidated democracy, Latin America

Suggested Citation

Shinar, Chaim, Chile's Democracy (1992-2006) (November 1, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

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