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PhD Defence

La dimensión internacional del pensamiento político Chileno

Tuesday 13 September 2016
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden


  • Prof. P. Silva


The doctoral thesis deals with the impact that the context of exile generated on the political reflection of Chileans between 1973 and 1989. In particular, the study tackled the way in which western European political scene impacted the Chilean exiles’ political thinking. The methodological approach consists on the interaction of the concepts political transfer and political learning in the context of exile, the creative processing of political failure - both of ideas and alliances - became the centre of analysis. The latter led to the development of a new political proposal, expressed through the processes known as Socialist Renovation and Socialist Convergence in exile.

Despite being a dark moment in the pages of Chilean history, exile proved to be a creative time for national political thought. It was in that context that political leaders developed the intellectual capacity to process failure and give new value to the democratic institutions. This, in turn, led to a process determined by the political transfer of those contextual elements that made more sense to rebuild a political project in Chile. Such political and intellectual reconstruction, not only of ideas but also of ways of doing politics, were on to the foundation of the Coalition of Political Parties for Democracy, which won the presidency in Chile in 1990 and held power until 2010.


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PhD dissertations

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