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The Transition Is Dead, Long Live the Transition

Gregory B. Weeks

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034751.003.0004
The Transition Is Dead, Long Live the Transition

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This chapter begins with an exhaustive analysis of the transition literature as well as the views that Chilean analysts and politicians have of the process of transition to democracy. It focuses on three main points associated with the very prolonged transition to democracy: the 1989–90 period that ended with the inauguration of President Patricio Aylwin; the fate of General Pinochet; and the constitutional reforms of 2005. It raises a number of critical issues, among them: what politicians and analysts mean by transition; why every single president has declared the transition to be over; the nature of the existing consensus about civil-military relations; and how this notion that the transition is over has paralyzed the Bachelet administration's human rights policy.

Keywords: transition literature; Chilean analysts; President Patricio Aylwin; General Pinochet; Bachelet administration

Chapter.  7019 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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