Democracy on the Line in Chile


Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:20pm

This event is part of a virtual series. To watch the recording, click here

Speakers: Claudia Heiss, Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Affairs, Universidad de Chile; Juan Pablo Luna, Associate Professor of Political Science, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Peter Siavelis, Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs, Wake Forest University
Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Professor of Government, Harvard University

Observers long considered post-Pinochet Chile a model Latin America democracy.  However, the regime had some serious flaws, many of which were exposed by the massive wave of protests that rocked the country in 2019-2020. Those protests paved the way for a constitutional reform process.    What can we expect from a constituent assembly in Chile?  What are the opportunities for democratic renewal?  What are the potential limitations of this process?  What are the potential risks?

Presented in collaboration with Weatherhead Center for International Affairs