Saturday, January 19, 2013

Contradictions of Michelle Bachelet

Silvia Borzutzky and I have an article in Journal of Politics in Latin America: "Michelle Bachelet's Government: The Paradoxes of a Chilean President." It follows up on our edited volume and examines the contradiction of seeking to pursue inclusive policies while maintaining elite political consensus.

She is the odds-on favorite to be the next president of Chile, without saying anything about it. Indeed, her failure to say anything says a lot. I think there is a lot of interesting research to be done on presidents who return to office after skipping at least one term. And who could resist doing work that would include mention of Grover Cleveland?


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