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Political Power and Social Theory

ISSN: 0198-8719
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Subject Area: Sociology and Public Policy

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Development and collective action in Chile's neoliberal democracy

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Title:Development and collective action in Chile's neoliberal democracy
Author(s):Paul W. Posner
Volume:18 Editor(s): Diane E. Davis ISBN: 978-0-76231-340-2 eISBN: 978-1-84950-437-9
Citation:Paul W. Posner (2006), Development and collective action in Chile's neoliberal democracy, in Diane E. Davis (ed.) 18 (Political Power and Social Theory, Volume 18), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.85-129
DOI:10.1016/S0198-8719(06)18003-5 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:This paper argues that structural and institutional reforms imposed by the military regime and accepted by the Concertación impose substantial impediments to collective action among Chile's popular sectors. In particular, labor market and social welfare policies exacerbate social stratification, deprive the public of vital resources, reinforce workers’ vulnerability to market forces and undermine social trust. These dynamics and the state structures that perpetuate them indicate the state's role in either facilitating or impeding collective action among subordinate segments of the population. They further suggest the negative impact neoliberalism has on the quality of democracy by constraining popular participation.

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