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Papel Politico

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ESTUPINAN ACHURY, Liliana. Twenty Years of Territorial Debates. Survival of the Centralist Tendency in Colombia. Pap.polit. [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.2, pp.463-483. ISSN 0122-4409.

This article shows the existing tendencies, ideas and approaches on the subject of Territorial Model for Colombia. A research elaborated from the analysis of legal literature focused on the territorial issue, and some authors from other disciplines which have been influencing the world of law in the matters of forms of state; as well as the rapprochement to politicians, academics and territorial authorities whose imaginaries and ideas allowed the construction of the three big tendencies surviving in Colombia about the relationship between territory and power: the first one that defends the autonomous or regional state for Colombia, the second one entitled - Federal Colombia?; and at last, a third one which identifies an important group defending the Unitary State as a legacy from the Constitution of 1991. In other words, the bets of the National Constituent Assembly remain the same as the centralist concept of the Political Constitution of 1886.

Keywords : Regional State; Federal State; Unitary State; Centralization; Decentralization and Debates; Federal goverment - Colombia; Descentralization in government; Territorial ordering.

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