Globalization and the Internalization of Neoliberalism: the Genesis and Trajectory of Societal Restructuring in Chile

  • Marcus Taylor
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


In approaching the debates over globalization, neoliberal hegemony and the ‘competition state’, the case of Chile is particularly instructive not least because far-reaching neoliberal reform long precedes the recent academic interest in globalization. Following the profound restructuring drive initiated under the dictatorial regime of Augusto Pinochet in the mid-1970s Chile has consistently been upheld as a pioneer in the application of neoliberal policies. The Chilean experience of neoliberalism, therefore, begins before the pivotal rise of Thatcherism and Reaganism in the centres of global capitalism, before the unrestrained global propagation of neoliberalism by international financial institutions, and before dramatic changes in the architecture of the international political economy that fashioned the extraordinary disciplinary power accredited to present-day transnational capitals. In other words, Chile began ‘internalising neoliberalism’ before globalization, as commonly applied, existed. This is not to suggest that the forces associated with globalization have not comprised increasingly pivotal moments in conditioning the actions of the Chilean state over the past two and a half decades. The global propagation of neoliberal policy ideals through various multilateral and national organizations alongside the coercion of economic relations imposed by relatively footloose transnational capitals are rightly understood to lie at the heart of the contemporary global political economy (see the introductory chapter to this volume for a systematic account of these debates).


Foreign Direct Investment Real Wage Capital Accumulation Foreign Capital Debt Crisis 
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Further reading

  1. Ffrench-Davis, Ricardo and Barbara Stallings (eds) (2001) Reformas, Crecimiento y Políticas Sociales en Chile desde 1973. Santiago: Ediciones LOM.Google Scholar
  2. Oppenheim, Lois Hecht (1998) Politics in Chile: Democracy, Authoritarianism, and the Search for Development, 2nd edition. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.Google Scholar
  3. Taylor, Marcus (forthcoming 2006) From Pinochet to the Third Way? Neoliberalism and Social Transformation in Chile, 1973–2003. London: Pluto Press.Google Scholar
  4. Winn, Peter (ed.) (2004) Victims of the Chilean Miracle: Workers and Neoliberalism in the Pinochet Era. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.Google Scholar

Useful websites

  1. <> United Nations Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean
  2. <> Government of Chile has a Ministry of Social Planning (in Spanish)
  3. <> World Bank Report and Statistics on Chile
  4. <> Human Rights Watch

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