Abstract

This article evaluates 38 bills seeking to expand women's rights in Chile and finds that the successful ones often originated with the Executive National Women's Ministry (SERNAM), did not threaten existing definitions of gender roles, and did not require economic redistribution. These factors (plus the considerable influence of the Catholic Church) correlate in important ways, and tend to constrain political actors in ways not apparent from an examination of institutional roles or ideological identity alone. In particular, the Chilean left's strategic response to this complex web of interactions has enabled it to gain greater legislative influence on these issues over time.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-2456
Print ISSN
1531-426X
Pages
pp. 35-68
Launched on MUSE
2005-08-12
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2007
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