Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

AQ Podcast: Explaining Chile’s U-Turn

Patricio Navia on why the political pendulum seems to have swung right in Chile
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Chile’s politics have been turned upside down once again, as an election last Sunday gave the political right almost full control over the writing of a new Constitution. A little more than a year ago, the country seemed to be undergoing a progressive transformation, after waves of protests, the arrival of a left-wing, young president, Gabriel Boric, and plans for what was supposed to be an expansive new Constitution. In this episode, political scientist Patricio Navia explains why the electorate’s mood seems to have shifted and what these developments mean for the political and economic future of Chile. Navia is a professor at both New York University and at Universidad Diego Portales, and a member of Americas Quarterly’s editorial board.

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Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly

Patricio Navia is a contributing columnist for Americas Quarterly, professor of liberal studies at NYU and professor of political science at Diego Portales University in Chile. He is a member of AQ‘s editorial board.

Supplemental reading: 

In Chile and Elsewhere, Crime Is the New Corruption by Brian Winter

As Concern Over Crime Rises, Chile’s Boric Shifts Right by Nicolás Saldías

Chile Now Has a Chance to Get New Constitution Right by Patricio Navia

AQ Podcast: How Organized Crime Is Changing In Latin America

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