Unresolved Conflicts within the Consensus

Kirsten Sehnbruch

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:
Unresolved Conflicts within the Consensus

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Thus chapter analyzes labor and employment issues, emphasizing the constraints and opportunities that the administration has experienced in this area given the globalized nature of the economy. Undoubtedly, Michelle Bachelet has faced increased labor mobilization, due to widespread concerns with job insecurity, low wages, and unemployment. The central questions in this text are why labor issues have become very prominent under the Bachelet administration, and what has the administration done to solve them. Sehnbruch finds the answers to the problems in the nature of Chile's labor market; the labor policy consensus formed in 1990 that still exists today; and the factors that have made this consensus more fragile during the Bachelet administration. Her discussion of the labor market emphasizes the large proportion of the work force that is working without a contract and is not protected by labor laws, as well as the short duration of labor contracts.

Keywords: labor mobilization; Bachelet administration; job insecurity; low wages; unemployment; Sehnbruch; Chile's labor market

Chapter.  8773 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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