Defining a democracy: Reforming the laws on women's rights in Chile, 1990-2002

Merike Blofield, Liesl Haas

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-68
Number of pages34
JournalLatin American Politics and Society
Volume47
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Defining a democracy : Reforming the laws on women's rights in Chile, 1990-2002. / Blofield, Merike; Haas, Liesl.

In: Latin American Politics and Society, Vol. 47, No. 3, 09.2005, p. 35-68.

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