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Indigenous Autonomies and the Multinational State

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The characteristics of the self-government of cultural and/or linguistic communities can vary according to territorial scope, cultural identity, demographic identity and the degrees of ethnic and national pollination across the different communities. A multicivilisational state would mean precisely the recognition of multiple mechanisms, multiple techniques and forms of understanding, practising and regulating society's democratic impulses, in accordance with the multiple forms of exercising citizenship deriving from the plurality of society's civilisational matrices. As a result of the characteristics of its historical formation, Bolivia's complex social reality has produced various practices of democratic political behaviour. If Bolivia is an overlapping of several cultures and several civilisations, then the state, as a synthesis, should be an institutionality capable of articulating and forming a political design developed with a proportional presence of linguistic cultures and identities, as well as with modern and traditional, deliberative, representative and assembly-type institutions in far-reaching, 'national' decision-making.

Keywords: Bolivia; linguistic communities; multicivilisational state; multinational state



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