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Though some perceptive political sociologists began to note moves toward three-partyism even in 1985,38 it was only in the wake of the 2010 elections that Bernardo Vega, a deeply experienced observer of Dominican politics, summed up that vote’s central lesson: “From three-partyism to a two-party structure. ”39 Notes 1 As of 2011, there were also 232 distritos municipales, which are subunits within some municipios; distrito officials are directly elected. 2 Tulia Falleti, “A Sequential Theory of Decentralization: Latin American Cases in Comparative Perspective,” American Political Science Review, Vol.
Ayuntamiento del Distrito Nacional, Hacia el plan estratégico de la ciudad de Santo Domingo de Guzmán (Santo Domingo, 2003), p. 2. A grant from the European Commission that Rojas helped to negotiate in early 2005 gives an indication of his office’s role. The EU granted approximately $316,000, to be used by the Ayuntamiento del Distrito Nacional (government of central Santo Domingo—ADN) to prepare for a “Congress of the City,” to equip its office of environmental and waste management, and to upgrade its accounting procedures.
Water-main construction has at times been sufficiently slow in Santo Domingo that sections of unlaid pipe, lining local roads, have been used as advertising billboards by neighboring businesses. 15 Street marches, road blockades, picketing, and tire-burning were often met by harsh police repression. 16 Urban neighborhood groups launched many of these protests, voicing demands that included better city infrastructure and services. However, this wave of grass-roots mobilization did not greatly increase the level of long-term citizen involvement in Dominican municipios.