Chile: political parties

30-04-2015

The political party system in Chile developed from fierce competition between three distinct blocs along a wide right-centre-left spectrum before the military coup of 1973, to a narrower two-bloc political spectrum (centre-right to centre-left) after 1990, mainly due to the establishment of a binomial election system by General Augusto Pinochet, originally to guarantee his power base.

The political party system in Chile developed from fierce competition between three distinct blocs along a wide right-centre-left spectrum before the military coup of 1973, to a narrower two-bloc political spectrum (centre-right to centre-left) after 1990, mainly due to the establishment of a binomial election system by General Augusto Pinochet, originally to guarantee his power base.