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The Chilean Political Process
The Chilean Political Process
By Manuel Antonio Garreton
Unwin Hyman, 1989, 220 pp

Chile's foremost political scientist has drawn together and updated several works previously published in Spanish to present a comprehensive and systematic introduction to his country's politics. Garreton considers the essential workings of Chile's political system before its disruption in 1973; dissects the emergence and institutionalization of the country's military regime after 1973; analyzes the rise of an increasingly unified and successful political opposition to the military regime; and explains the opposition's success in the 1988 plebiscite that signaled the beginning of the end for the long Pinochet dictatorship. An important book.