Social Democrat Radical Party

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Social Democrat Radical Party
Partido Radical Socialdemócrata
Leader Ernesto Velasco
Secretary-General Osvaldo Correa
Chief of Deputies' Bench Marcos Espinoza
Founded August 18, 1994
Merger of Radical Party and Social Democracy Party
Headquarters Miraflores 495
Youth wing Juventud Radical
Membership  (2009) 86,999 (5th)[1]
Ideology Radicalism
Social democracy
Social liberalism
Political position Centre[2][3] to centre-left[4]
National affiliation Nueva Mayoría
International affiliation Progressive Alliance[5]
Socialist International[6]
Colours Blue and Red
Chamber of Deputies
6 / 120
0 / 38
Politics of Chile
Political parties

The Social Democrat Radical Party (Partido Radical Socialdemócrata, PRSD, also translated as "Radical Social Democratic Party"[7][8]) is a social democratic political party in Chile. The party is a member of Socialist International.

The party was founded on August 18, 1994, out of a union between the Radical Party and the Social Democracy Party, both of which had received poor results in the parliamentary elections.

The party supported Ricardo Lagos in the 1999/2000 presidential elections, who won 48.0% in the first round and was elected with 51.3% in the second round. At the last legislative elections, 16 December 2001, the party won as part of the Concertación 6 out of 120 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and no seats in the Senate. This changed at the 2005 elections to 7 and 1, respectively. In 2009, it won 5 congress seats and 1 senate seat.

Presidential candidates[edit]

The following is a list of the presidential candidates supported by the Social Democrat Radical Party. (Information gathered from the Archive of Chilean Elections).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Estadistica de cantidad de afiliados a partidos politicos, al 14/08/2009
  2. ^ Bizzarro, Salvatore (2005), Historical Dictionary of Chile (Third ed.), Scarecrow Press, p. 559 
  3. ^ Lamb, Peter; Docherty, James C. (2006), Historical Dictionary of Socialism (Second ed.), Scarecrow Press, p. 314 
  4. ^ Meyer, Peter J. (2010), Chile: Political and Economic Conditions and U. S. Relations, Congressional Research Service, p. 17 
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  7. ^ Pribble, Jennifer (2013), Patterns of Legislative Politics: Roll-Call Voting in Latin America and the United States, Cambridge University Press, p. xv 
  8. ^ Siavelis, Peter (2006), "Accommodating Informal Institutions and Democracy in Chile", Informal Institutions and Democracy: Lessons from Latin America (Johns Hopkins University Press): 44 

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