“Basta de Realidades, Queremos Promesas”: Democracy after the Washington Consensus

@inproceedings{Grugel2009BastaDR,
  title={“Basta de Realidades, Queremos Promesas”: Democracy after the Washington Consensus},
  author={Jean Grugel},
  year={2009}
}
The above observation is not a commentary on Latin American politics in the 1980s and 1990s, though it might well be. It is instead a remark from more than fifty years ago and it was made by Carlos Ibanez del Campo, shortly after becoming president of Chile for the second time in 1952. He was elected into office on a huge mandate for root-and-branch reform of the political order—only to break with the Left within a year of the elections. He went on to adopt a pro-business agenda and contracted… CONTINUE READING