Title

Student Protest and the Nueva Mayoría Reforms in Chile

Abstract

Bulletin of Latin American Research © 2018 Society for Latin American Studies. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd Chile's Nueva Mayoría government (2014–2018) responded more forcefully to student demands for a more assertive public role in education than any of its post-authoritarian predecessors. Existing scholarship suggests that this change reflected the success of the 2011 student protests in tapping into latent public discontent with neoliberalism and the politics of consensus. This article argues that it is also crucial to understand how the wave of protest interacted with the dynamics of party politics at the elite level. Public support translated into substantive policy and institutional changes because it contributed to a coalition and platform shift that favoured more extensive reform.

Department(s)

Political Science

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1111/blar.12886

Rights Information

© 2018 The Authors.

Keywords

Chile, Nueva Mayoría, party coalitions, progressive reform, social movement impact, the student movements

Publication Date

11-1-2019

Journal Title

Bulletin of Latin American Research

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