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QUIROZ VILLALOBOS, Milton Ebert. The Distrust to Democracy in Latin America. Cuest. Const. [online]. 2019, n.40, pp.221-241.  Epub 20-Mar-2020. ISSN 1405-9193.

The representative democracy carries in its DNA the genes of mistrust in the representatives, so that it must be present in doses that do not generate situations rupture or resignation on the part of the represented. This situation is alarming in Latin America, due to factors such as the breach of electoral promises, low living conditions and cases of corruption in the highest levels of government, which have led to the socalled “society of distrust”, which has its counterpart in greater disaffection in the democratic system. To face this, a strategy must be deployed that contains two basic aspects: on the one hand, the constitutionalization of greater mechanisms of citizen participation in public affairs and, on the other, the recomposition of the traditional functions of the political parties, in order to recover the vehicle in which the political interests of society are organized and transported. This path has been adopted by the Constitutions of the so-called new latin american constitutionalism that, unfortunately, in the case of Venezuela, has been seriously damaged by the crisis generated by the conflicts between opposition and government.

Palabras llave : Mistrust; Representative Democracy; Citizen Participation; Political Parties; Constitutionalization.

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