Continuity or Change?

Susan Franceschet

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:
Continuity or Change?

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This chapter outlines the trajectory of three campaign promises: electoral reform and gender quotas, violence against women, and reproductive rights. The central tenet of this chapter is that Bachelet has been ineffective in areas where the administration needs congressional approval, such as electoral reform and gender quotas, because the need to seek consensus acts as a constraint which results in policy paralysis. On the other hand, the administration has been effective in areas where the executive has the capacity to act independently, such as regulating access to contraceptives, or in areas where there is not much of a political controversy, such as in the case of violence against women. In regard to political reform, the chapter highlights the underrepresentation of women, which is due not only to long-standing political traditions, but also to the nature of the binomial electoral system.

Keywords: electoral reform; gender quotas; Bachelet; contraceptives; political controversy

Chapter.  9077 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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