Abstract

The article describes Chile’s contemporary political crisis and provides an account of the recent events that triggered it. The author further presents a structural explanation of the crisis. While the re-politicization of inequality has helped trigger the contemporary crisis of legitimacy, this article argues that the root cause of the crisis is the lack of effective channels of vertical accountability. Strong horizontal accountability, individual leaders’ popularity, and the prospect of socioeconomic incorporation during a long cycle of economic growth compensated for the vertical-accountability deficit for a time, but that arrangement has proven politically fragile. 

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 129-138
Launched on MUSE
2016-07-06
Open Access
No
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