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Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales (Santa Cruz de la Sierra)

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MERCADO, José Ortiz. Ideas for a constitutional reform in Bolivia.Translated byJulio H. Cole. Rev. humanid. cienc. soc. (St. Cruz Sierra) [online]. 2005, vol.1Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1819-0545.

SUMMARY In this paper it is argued that the Constitution of Bolivia is a set of contradictory practices and institutions that deal with federalism, unitarism, presidentialism and parliamentarianism, and that the most important aspects to be reformed have more to do with the organic part of the Constitution than with its dogmatic part. The author recommends keeping an attenuated presidentialism and eliminating the ‘parlamentarist’ part of hybrid presidentialism, eliminating the Vice-presidency of the Republic, establishing a unicameral system, adopting the two-round electoral system for presidential and parliamentary elections, modernizing the system of local government, and calling for a Constitutional Assemby in order to perfect and consolidate democracy.

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