Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

2014 Edition
| Editors: Alex C. Michalos

Democracy and Development in Mexico and Chile

  • Judith Teichman
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_3889



Since the late 1980s, two competing visions of democracy have emerged in Mexico and Chile. One is concerned with political participation on the part of the poor and their advocates and has as its objective that of achieving improved social well-being. The other, which focuses on the formal processes of liberal democracy (such as elections), takes the position that elected leaders and their technocratic advisors are best able to formulate effective social policies. While the former perspective sees the local community and state as having an important development role (defined as improvement in the lives of the poor), the latter takes the position that the market must play the predominant role in development (defined as economic growth).



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Political ScienceUniversity of Toronto Munk SchoolTorontoCanada