Agrarian policy and democratic transition in Chile: continuity or change?

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The key issue which I pursue in this paper is the extent to which the agrarian policy being implemented during the current process of democratic transition in Chile represents a continuity or a change of the agrarian policy followed by the authoritarian regime. Is there a break with the neo-liberal economic model? It is well known that during the years of the dictatorship rural poverty has substantially increased and that agrarian development was highly uneven. This leads me to explore the question as to what an extent the Aylwin government is willing and able to tackle the problems of rural poverty and unequal development in the countryside.

The short answer to these questions is that basically continuity (continuismo) predominates in the agrarian economic policy of the Aylwin government. However, new elements are also introduced into this continuity which transform it into a 'neo-liberal model with a human face'. This 'human face' arises from the democratic opening of the political system and the attempts of the present government to ameliorate the twin problems of poverty and uneven development. Is such an enhanced continuity desirable and will it succeed in stimulating growth, reduce poverty, and democratise the political
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - May 1991

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