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Turmoil in Chile: the End of Consensual Politics?

Turmoil in Chile: the End of Consensual Politics?
JHB 100
Time: Oct 7th, 9:00 am End: Oct 26th, 1:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, United States Studies, Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Sexual Diversity, Political Science, Linguistics (FAS), Latin American, Language Studies (UTM), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Symposium on Politics in Chile hosted by Latin American Studies

The Latin American Studies Program is pleased to present:

Turmoil in Chile: the End of Consensual Politics?

Panel 1: Continuity and Change in Chilean Politics

The Student’s Three R’s: Renovation, Representation, and Reform

  • Robert Funk, University of Chile

Continuity and Adjustment in Chile's Neoliberal Model

  • Judith Teichman, University of Toronto

The Resurgence of Civil Society: Toward a Post-Neopluralist Chile?

  • Philip Oxhorn, McGill University

Guzmán’s Constitutionalism and the Subsidiary State

  • Renato Cristi, Wilfrid Laurier University

Discussant: Patricio Navia, New York University & Diego Portales University


Panel 2: Policy Reform and Stasis in Contemporary Chile

Resisting the Rainbow Tide: The Political Origins of Chile’s Laggardly Sexual Diversity Policy

  • Jordi Díez, University of Guelph

Jumping into a Pool with no Water: Student Protests and Education Policy Negotiations in Piñera's Chile

  • Mary Rose Kubal, St. Bonaventure University

Two Steps Back: Gender Policy in the Piñera Government

  • Gwynn Thomas, SUNY Buffalo

Environmental Politics and Policies in Chile

  • Jorge Nef, University of Guelph

Discussant: Susan Franceschet, University of Calgary


This event is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact the Latin American Studies program at (416) 946-8667.

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Information on Participants

Renato Cristi, (PhD Toronto), studied  Philosophy at the Universidad Católica de Santiago. He is currently Associate Professor in the Departament of Philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University. Cristi is author (with Carlos Ruiz Schneider) of  El pensamiento conservador en Chile. Seis ensayos, (Santiago, 1992); Le libéralisme conservateur. Trois essais sur Schmitt, Hayek et Hegel (Paris, 1993); Carl Schmitt and Authoritarian Liberalism: Strong State, (Free Economy, 1998);  Hegel on Freedom and Authority (Cardiff, 2005); and (with Pablo Ruiz-Tagle) La República en Chile: Teoría y práctica del constitucionalismo republicano (Santiago, 2008).

Jordi Díez is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Guelph. His research interests include Comparative Politics, Latin American politics, comparative public policy and the politics of gay and lesbian rights. He is author and editor of several books, including Global Environmental Challenges: Perspectives from the South (The University of Toronto Press, 2008); Canadian and Mexican Security in the New North America: Challenges and Prospects (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006) and Political Change and Environmental Policymaking in Mexico (New York: Routledge Press, 2006).

Susan Franceschet is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary. She is the author of Women and Politics in Chile (Lynne Rienner, 2005) and, along with Jordi Díez, co-editor of Comparative Public Policy in Latin America (University of Toronto Press, 2012). She has researched and published extensively on gender, politics, and public policy in Latin America.

Robert Funk is Deputy Director and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Institute for Public Affairs of the University of Chile. He obtained his PhD in Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr Funk’s research areas include democratization, left and populist movements in Latin America, and political elites. In addition to teaching courses in comparative and Latin American politics, Dr Funk has also consulted on Latin American issues for a variety of government and private sector institutions. Now based in Chile, Dr Funk is a frequent commentator on radio and television both in Chile and internationally, and an occasional columnist for Santiago’s La Tercera, La Segunda and El Mostrador newspapers. In November 2006, Dr Funk was elected for a two year term as president of the Chilean Political Science Association.  As well as authoring articles and book chapters, he is the editor of El gobierno de Ricardo Lagos: La nueva vía chilena hacia el socialismo (Santiago: UDP, 2006), which was listed on La Tercera’s bestseller list, and is editor of Política, the University of Chile’s political science journal.

Mary Rose Kubal is Associate Professor of Political Science at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York. She completed her Ph.D. dissertation on “Decentralization and Citizen Participation in Urban Chile: The Transfer of Health and Education Administration to Local Governments” at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in December 2001. Most recently, her chapter on “Challenging the Consensus: The Politics of Protest and Policy Reform in Chile’s Education System,” was published in the volume The Bachelet Government, in 2010.

Patricio Navia is a Master Teacher of global cultures in the Liberal Studies Program and adjunct assistant professor in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. He is also a researcher and Associate Professor at the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile. He holds a PhD in Politics from New York University, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a BA in Political Sciences and Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, New School University, Universidad de Salamanca and Universidad de Chile, and a visiting fellow at the University of Miami. He has published scholarly articles and book chapters on democratization, electoral rules and democratic institutions in Latin America. As founding director of the Observatorio Electoral at Universidad Diego Portales, he edited El sismo electoral de 2009. Cambio y continuidad en las preferencias políticas de los chilenos (with Mauricio Morales, 2010) and El genoma electoral chileno. Dibujando el mapa genético de las preferencias políticas en Chile (with Mauricio Morales and Renato Briceño, 2009). His books El discolo. Conversaciones con Marco Enríquez-Ominami (2009), Que gane el más mejor: Mérito y Competencia en el Chile de hoy (coauthored with Eduardo Engel, 2006) and Las grandes alamedas: El Chile post Pinochet (2004) have been best sellers in Chile. He is a columnist at La Tercera newspaper and Buenos Aires Herald and previously penned columns at Capital and Poder magazines in Chile and regularly writes for the Infolatam website. In 2009, he was appointed as a Fellow by the Americas Business Council and Poder Magazine.

Jorge Nef is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph and former Director of the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean, University of South Florida. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has published extensively in a wide range of areas, including human security, Comparative Politics and public policies (emphasis on Latin America), international development, comparative public administration, international relations, and methodology. Among his most recent books are:  The Democratic Challenge: Democratization and De-democratization in Global Perspective (with Bernd Reiter) (Palgrave/Macmillan 2009); Capital, Power and Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean, Revised Second Edition (Co-editor, R. L. Harris) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008) and Inter-American Relations in an Era of Globalization: Beyond Unilateralism? Revised Edition (Jorge Nef and Harry E. Vanden, Editors) (de Sitter, 2007).

Philip Oxhorn is the Founding Director of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Latin American Research Review. A former Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) at McGill, his research focuses on the comparative study of civil society and its role in supporting democratic regimes, particularly in Latin America. Professor Oxhorn’s publications include Organizing Civil Society: The Popular Sectors and the Struggle for Democracy in Chile (Penn State University Press, 1995), as well as numerous articles and four co-edited volumes: What Kind of Democracy? What Kind of Market? Latin America in the Age of Neoliberalism (with Graciela Ducatenzeiler, Penn State University Press, 1998), The Market and Democracy In Latin America: Convergence or Divergence? (with Pamela Starr, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999), Decentralization, Civil Society, and Democratic Governance: Comparative Perspectives from Latin America, Africa, and Asia (with Joseph Tulchin and Andrew Selee Woodrow Wilson Center Press/the Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), and Beyond Neoliberalism? Patterns, Responses, and New Directions in Latin America and the Caribbean (with Kenneth Roberts and John Burdick, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He is currently completing a book-length manuscript titled Sustaining Civil Society: Economic Change, Democracy and the Social Construction of Citizenship in Latin America (Penn State University Press, forthcoming 2011).  Professor Oxhorn has lectured extensively in North and South America, Western Europe, Asia and Australia. He has also worked as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada, the Ford Foundation, The Carter Center, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and the Canadian Foundation for the Americas.  He has a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University.

Gwynn Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Gender Studies at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.  Her research and teaching focus is on gender and politics in Latin America. Her forthcoming book, Contesting Legitimacy in Chile: Familial Ideals, Citizenship, and Political Struggle, 1970-1990 (Penn State Press 2011) examines the mobilization of familial beliefs in Chilean political conflicts. A current book project analyzes the election of Michelle Bachelet as Chile's first woman president and her attempts to pursue a gender equality agenda through legislative and policy changes. Work from this ongoing study appears in the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, The International Feminist Journal of Politics, and in a volume on the global rise of women to national office. Other work appears in the ISA Compendium Project, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Latin American Perspectives. She is a recipient of the Elsa Chaney Award given by the Gender and Feminist Studies section of the Latin American Studies Association (2007). Her research has been supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender.

Judith Teichman is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. She is author of Social Forces and States: Poverty and Distributional Outcomes in South  Korea, Chile and Mexico, Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2012, and of The Politics of Freeing Markets in Latin America:Chile, Argentina and Mexico, University of North Carolina Press,  2001, and of two books on Mexican politics and policymaking. She is also co-author of Social Democracy in the Global Periphery, Origins, Challenges, Prospects, Cambridge University Press, 2007. She has written 
numerous articles on comparative development, policymaking and Latin American politics published in scholarly journals and in edited volumes. She is a former editor of the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and served as a member of the Academic Advisory Council on International Trade, Government of Canada. She has also served as a 
consultant to the U.S. Library of Congress for its collection on the Mexican political economy and was a contributing editor to Congress's Handbook on Latin America for the same subject.

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