Democracy Paradox
Democracy Paradox
Aug 10, 2021
Aldo Madariaga on Neoliberalism, Democratic Deficits, and Chile
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It's not just inequality of wealth. It is not just inequality of income, which is big. It's also inequality in terms of the geographical clustering of different strata of the population, of different people. It's inequality in life experiences. It's inequality in treatment. People felt mistreated by those in the upper echelons of society. So, it's not just money. It's also access to public goods, to certain spaces in the city, to education, unemployment benefits, and all sorts of things. But also, treatment.

Aldo Madariaga

A full transcript is available at or a brief primer on Neoliberalism here.

Aldo Madariaga is a Professor of Political Science at Universidad Diego Portales, and Associate Researcher at Center for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES). He is also the author of Neoliberal Resilience: Lessons in Democracy and Development from Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Key Highlights Include

  • An Account of the Chilean Protests in 2019
  • Description of Neoliberalism as a Political Project
  • The Role of the State in Neoliberalism
  • How does Neoliberalism Shield its Policies from Democracy
  • Are Neoliberal Policies Fundamentally Undemocratic?

Key Links

Neoliberal Resilience: Lessons in Democracy and Development from Latin America and Eastern Europe by Aldo Madariaga

Learn more about Aldo Madariaga

Follow on Twitter @AldoMadariaga

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