Informal Institutions and Microlevel Politics in Chile

Informal Institutions and Microlevel Politics in Chile

Año de inicio: 2015
In Process
This interdisciplinary project aims to study the functioning and adaptation in a short time of a Chilean informal political institutions, under the current cycle of institutional reforms, in order to establish their impact on governance and on the inclusive capacity of Chilean democracy at local, regional and national levels.


This project is related to another Minicoes project presented by Kirsten Sehnbruch and Peter Siavelis in 2014 (Crisis of representation, democratic institutions, and political parties in Chile) and to a new Fondecyt Project (¿»Bad practices» or «oiling the machine»? Informal institutions in times of political change and its impact on Chilean democracy (2016-2019)), presented by Emmanuelle Barozet, Kirsten Sehnbruch, Vicente Espinoza and Peter Siavelis.



We study the following informal institutions: a) informal decision-making mechanisms through networks of support and «political braids» b) patronage c) patrimonialism d) nepotism e) compensation or consolation prizes f) cross pact g) “cuoteo”. We address three research questions in this project: in the context of current institutional reforms in Chile, how will these informal political institutions operate? Will they adapt in their local, regional and national levels? What impact will this have on governance and inclusive capacity of Chilean democracy?


Start Date

August 2015


*Peter Siavelis (Wake Forest, EE.UU)