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Participation And Mestizaje Of State-Civil Society In Chile

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Most studies on civil society focus on its internal dynamics and define it as a 'third sector' in order to differentiate it from 'the state' and 'the market'. This chapter, however, views civil society not as a 'separate club' but as strongly conditioned and permeated by the dynamics of politics and economics. The weakening of civil society in recent years in Latin America has precisely been caused by the impact of economic and political models. This economic and political reality has also shaped the institutional manoeuvring space for, and the opportunities of, organizations linked to civil society. Yet there still exist opportunities for strengthening civil society through public policy instruments and the chapter addresses the challenges that state institutions and civil society face today in Chile.

Keywords: Chile; civil society; economic model; local public management; mestizaje; politicalparticipation; social policies



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