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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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Parties, Personalities, and the President

Parties, Personalities, and the President

The Challenges of the Bachelet Government's Political Narrative

(p.50) 2 Parties, Personalities, and the President
The Bachelet Government

Robert L. Funk

University Press of Florida

This chapter provides a follow-up to the themes outlined by Siavelis and goes deeper into the analysis of the Bachelet administration's unfulfilled political promises, such as gender parity, the gobierno ciudadano, and the “no second helpings” policy which excluded from her government those who had held positions of power in previous Concertaciόn administrations. Furthermore, Funk argues that Bachelet's difficulties are the result of a confluence of factors, including the nature of the political system, the nature of the institutions within the system, and the president's approach to politics. For Funk, each of the previous Concertaciόn administrations had been able to develop a narrative that sustained the coalition and the regime. It seems that the problem here is that what constituted the campaign's narrative had to be quickly abandoned, thus depriving the administration of a foundational logic.

Keywords:   Siavelis, Bachelet administration, gobierno ciudadano, Concertaciόn, regime

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