Poder Popular (Chile)
Poder popular (English popular or people power) is a form of workers or direct democracy. In Chilean history poder popular has referred to a form of political power that is derived from the independent activity of working class people, which in its formulation and constitution is highly collective, flexible, representative and direct. This is fundamentally different from bourgeois parliamentary democratic power, which is achieved via a democratic electoral process but once established is imposed upon a predominantly static and apolitical electorate via highly inflexible bureaucratic social institutions.
Throughout the 20th Century many forms of organs of poder popular were established in Chile but the most developed and important ones where formed during the Popular Unity government headed by Salvador Allende (1970-1973). The most significant ones of these were the cordones industriales which at once stage incorporated and coordinated a considerable section of the labor force in the country and threatened the traditional ground occupied by the official workers federation CUT and the leadership of the traditional working class political organisations.
This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Poder Popular (Chile)