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The Bachelet GovernmentConflict and Consensus in Post-Pinochet Chile$
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Silvia Borzutzky

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034751

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034751.001.0001

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Conclusion Paved with Good Intentions

Conclusion Paved with Good Intentions

The Bachelet Administration and the Decline of Consensus

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(p.215) Conclusion Paved with Good Intentions
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The Bachelet Government
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Aldo C. Vacs

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034751.003.0010

The chapters in this book have addressed some of the most critical problems of the Concertaciόn during the Bachelet administration and the erosion of the coalition's appeal. As the coalition approached the December 2009 presidential elections, this erosion became quite evident because the Concertaciόn candidate, former president Eduardo Frei, was challenged by the Socialist candidate, Marco Enriquez Ominami. In contrast, the rightwing Alianza coalition was unified behind former presidential candidate and businessman Sebastian Pinera. In the December 2009 elections, Pinera obtained 44.5 percent, Frei obtained 29.6 percent, while Enriquez Ominami got 20.13 percent of the votes. In the constitutionally mandated election runoff of January 2010, Sebastian Pinera won by a 51.6–48.4 percent margin against Frei, ending twenty consecutive years of Concertaciόn governments.

Keywords:   Concertaciόn, Bachelet administration, Eduardo Frei, Marco Enriquez Ominami, Sebastian Pinera

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