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Documentos y aportes en administración pública y gestión estatal

On-line version ISSN 1851-3727


GALLO, Adriana. Primarias Abiertas y Doble Vuelta Electoral: Análisis de su Aplicación Concurrente en los Comicios Presidenciales del Uruguay. Doc. aportes adm. pública gest. estatal [online]. 2010, n.14, pp.25-71. ISSN 1851-3727.

Open primary elections and majority run off system. Analysis of its concurrent application in presidential elections in Uruguay This paper will evaluate the effects of the concurrent application of two institutional instruments -open primary elections and majority runoff system- suggested during the last political reforms in Latin America. The topic is relevant since both share similar objectives that are, in brief: to give citizens additional tools for political discernment, to provide parties with better democratic conditions, to legitimate the medium voter candidate, and to increase the electoral base and democratic legitimacy of the President. Here we inquire about the case of Uruguay, where both instruments have been formally adopted -in the context of the 1996 constitutional reform- and have been implemented three times (in 1999, 2004 and 2009). Afterwards, we compare the results to ascertain the evolution of the consecutive implementation of these norms and their effects on democratic functioning.

Keywords : Open Primary Elections; Majority Run Off; Uruguay; Party Representativeness.

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