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Chile publishes national democracy survey results
In its issue of June 2010, the GAP Newsletter described the uniquely participatory process lead by a Consortium of four national think tanks representing the whole Chilean political spectrum, with the support of UNDP and International IDEA, to put Chile’s democracy to the test.
On 23 November 2010, the Consortium composed of Libertad y Desarrollo, Centro de Estudios Públicos (CEP), Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica (CIEPLAN), and ProyectAmérica, together with UNDP and International IDEA, released the results of a national survey conducted within this “Auditing Democracy” project – and based on the specific set of indicators carefully elaborated within the previous steps of this country-led governance assessment process.
The survey reflects the opinion of Chile’s citizens on issues such as political parties, the National Congress, rule of law, justice and judicial power, electoral regime and elections, the economic situation, and other themes. Among other results, according to this survey conducted on 1,522 people in the country, 56% think that democracy is functioning “averagely” and 26% that it functions very well.
Beyond this particular survey, the Consortium seeks to contribute to a wider reflection and analysis process, with a focus on the production of tools that can serve as a basis for knowledge, in the perspective of a serial evaluation of the quality of democracy.
Within this effort, special attention is being given to communication, which is a major element of any successful country-led governance assessment project – indeed, without a well-thought short- and long-term communication strategy, even the most relevant assessment results risk to remain a purely academic exercise. The survey results were released within a widely advertised press conference in Santiago, with broad media uptake, and the project established its own website where each step of the process is accounted for, and the full results of this as well as upcoming surveys are made available, within the aim to set up a national public database on democracy – www.auditoriaalademocracia.org.