Revista de ciencia política (Santiago)
versión On-line ISSN 0718-090X
FUNK, ROBERT L. Chile: Half-time. Rev. cienc. polít. (Santiago) [online]. 2009, vol.29, n.2, pp.301-326. ISSN 0718-090X. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-090X2009000200004.
The article examines the political year in Chile, offering a critical analysis of the concept of 'Second Period' which President Michelle Bachelet defined at the beginning of 2008. Summarising some of the policies implemented, the piece asks whether the government was able to draw a line, leaving behind the first, difficult two years of the Concertación s fourth government. Analyzing the measures taken and public opinion polls, the paper finds that a re-focussing of the government's priorities together with a complicated external environment helped to raise support for the president as well as her government.
Palabras clave : Michelle Bachelet; local elections; Chilean politics; economic crisis.