Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Political Life. A Content Analysis of Recent Literature (1997-2019)

Palabras clave: Participación Política, Derecho al Voto, Personas con Discapacidad, Asistencia Electoral, Equidad


El derecho internacional de los derechos humanos codifica ampliamente el derecho al voto de las personas con discapacidad. Expertos argumentan que, pese al marco legal, las personas con discapacidad no logran ejercer este derecho. ¿Cuáles elementos conceptuales son utilizados por expertos para discutir este tema? Con base en una revisión de literatura, cuatro conceptos son utilizados de manera recurrente por los autores: «participación política», «barreras», «prácticas electorales» que facilitan o limitan el derecho al voto y «dispositivos de asistencia electoral» como ayudas tecnológicas de asistencia. Otras revisiones de literatura no han abordado de manera integral todos estos conceptos. Los resultados de la revisión indican que una gran parte de la literatura se centra en discutir la participación política de las personas con discapacidad intelectual o psicosocial, así como en las barreras legales que estas enfrentan. La literatura disponible aborda en menor medida otro tipo de deficiencias y el tema de barreras procedimentales, es escasa la literatura disponible sobre «prácticas sociales» y el tema menos discutido por los expertos es el uso de la tecnología de asistencia para facilitar el ejercicio del derecho al voto.

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Biografía del autor/a

Andres Guzman, Uniersidad La Gran Colombia

Lawyer. LLM in Human Rights. Professor of Law, La Gran Colombia University.

Adriana Caballero Pérez , Maastricht University

Lawyer. M.A. in Sociology. LLM in International Human Rights Law. PhD Researcher at the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, Netherlands.


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Guzman A., & Caballero Pérez A. (2021). Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Political Life. A Content Analysis of Recent Literature (1997-2019). Estudios Políticos, (61), 154-177.
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