"A comprehensive diagnosis of the current state of Chilean democracy undertaken by the foremost experts in their respective fields . . . essential reading on contemporary Chile."--Peter M. Siavelis, Wake Forest University
"Required reading for anyone assessing the Chilean 'blueprint' for democracy, economy, and society, whether it be for the intrinsic value of the case or for comparative purposes . . . a first-rate comprehensive, detailed overview of the crystallization of Chile's political and economic institutions and their effects on the nation's politics and society."--Eduardo Silva, University of Missouri, St. Louis
With the accession of Ricardo Lagos to the presidency in 2000, Chile's Concertacion coalition drew together the country's two major historical antagonists, the Socialists and the Christian Democrats. Borzutzky and Oppenheim bring together American and Chilean scholars to provide the first overall assessment of this coalition's history and achievements. With a special emphasis on the Lagos government, the contributors measure the impact of three consecutive administrations on the crucial issues of human rights, civil-military relations, the nature of a political party system, the transformation of church-state relations, foreign and economic policies, social security, and health policies.
These are new and important insights into the challenges facing Chile as a model democracy. Among the central questions they ask: How do postauthoritarian administrations deal with the troubling legacy of such regimes? To what extent do unresolved human rights violations and military power constitute an obstacle to democracy? How has the Chilean Catholic Church influenced the evolution of democratic institutions? Scholars of Latin American, political, and economic studies will welcome this comprehensive but concisely written volume.
Silvia Borzutzky is director of the political science program at Carnegie Mellon University. Lois Hecht Oppenheim is professor of political science at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles.
…a useful survey… Toronto Globe and Mail--Canada
…a worthy addition to reading lists for Latin America and economic development courses. The Historian
" Editors Silvia Borzutzky and Lois Oppenheim skillfully crafted a balanced, insightful and accessible account of Chile's path to democracy and the market. Offers a first rate comprehensive overview of the crystallisation of contemporary Chile's political and economic institutions, and adroitly analyses their effects on the nation's politics and society. The high quality of each chapter makes this book required reading for anyone evaluating the Chilean 'model' either for its intrinsic value, for comparative purposes, and for the classroom." Journal of Latin American Studies