Community Enclosure

The Community Enclosure is a participatory instance that has existed since the 1920s, when the Law of Communes was enacted. During that time, several rural communities adopted this legal-institutional form for the defense of their rights and access to the benefits of the State in the rural sector. This instrument has provided them with legal mechanisms to deal with landowners. The community as a form of organization has its origin in the Pre-Hispanic 'Ayllu' (indigenous community of the Andes), and can be defined as a collective with inter and intra-family ties that establish reciprocal relations, framed in a socio-political and economic system based on the cultural worldview of a people or nationality. On the Coast, rural dwellers and montubios refer to their communal territorial environment as an 'enclosure'. According to official figures, both in the commune and in the compound there is significant participation.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

embedded in the constitution/legislation 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation

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