Constructing Maternalism from Paternalism: The Case of State Milk Programs

  • Jael Goldsmith WeilEmail author
Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)


This chapter examines the creation and maintenance of Chile’s maternalistic social state as seen from the lens of the implementation of its state milk program, one of the key features of Chile’s maternalistic architecture. This chapter will add to this literature by examining and reflecting on the mechanisms that contribute to the resilience of maternalism. It examines the paternalistic origins of these programs, which were put in place by progressive and conservative, democratic and authoritarian governments. There is an analysis of the way the defense of the program has also been spearheaded by forces of different political coalitions. The chapter concludes by categorizing Chile as a case of “persistent maternalism” within the recent discussions and typologies in the global and regional welfare literature.


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