CHILE: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice


CLAS Senior Scholar Kirsten Sehnbruch discusses the rocky implementation of Chile’s Transantiago transport system and its effect on Michelle Bachelet’s presidency.

Santiago’s new public transportation system, the by now infamous Transantiago, has seriously shaken Michelle Bachelet’s government, just in time for its first anniversary celebrations. In fact, since it directly affects the everyday lives of at least one-third of the country’s electorate, it constitutes the most serious crisis that the Concertación, the coalition that so far has successfully governed Chile since 1990, has had to face.

Kirsten Sehnbruch
Publication date: 
January 9, 2007
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article