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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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Socioeconomic Policies

Socioeconomic Policies

Taming the Market in a Globalized Economy

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(p.87) 4 Socioeconomic Policies
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The Bachelet Government
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Silvia Borzutzky

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034751.003.0005

This chapter covers a number of critical socioeconomic policies, including foreign economic, budgetary, and tax policies as well as pension reform and health policies. The central issue here is the administration's capacity to reduce inequality and improve pensions and health, while simultaneously pursuing macroeconomic policies that favor fiscal savings, free trade agreements, and low taxes. The chapter also discusses the role of Presidential Advisory Commissions in two specific cases: the problem of inequality, and the pension reform enacted in March 2008. The health-care policies of the administration, including the expansion of the AUGE program, the problems encountered in the implementation of the program, as well as budgetary increases, and general problems affecting the public health sector, are also included in the analysis.

Keywords:   socioeconomic policies, macroeconomic policies, Presidential Advisory Commissions, health-care policies, AUGE program

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