What It Takes to Win and What It Takes to Govern

Peter M. Siavelis

in The Bachelet Government

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034751
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038186 | DOI:
What It Takes to Win and What It Takes to Govern

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This chapter argues that much of what made Bachelet a very appealing candidate has contributed to making her an ineffective president. Siavelis argues that by the end of the Lagos administration the Concertaciόn was suffering from political decay and as such needed a fresh face to lead the coalition in the 2005 elections. Bachelet was undoubtedly the fresh face that the Concertaciόn needed, but what was an asset during the campaign—her lack of traditional party ties; her consensual, inclusive style; and even the fact that she was a female in a male-dominated political system—became the source of many of the problems since faced by her administration. This chapter also analyzes the root causes of the difficulties the Bachelet government has faced, arguing that much of what made Bachelet an attractive and electable candidate has actually stymied her efforts to construct a stable and effective governing coalition and coherent policy platform.

Keywords: Bachelet; Siavelis; Lagos administration; Concertaciόn; coherent policy

Chapter.  9124 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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