Based on interviews and analysis of a generation of young leaders of the Chilean political elite who came to power with Allende's election in 1970, When the Romance Ended focuses on how Allende's followers conceptualize and justify their political objectives and programs through the course of their political victory, violent defeat, and gradual return to politics during Chile's redemocraticization process. Examining the 1960s generation's program of revolutionary social transformation, as well as the integral role the group played in the return to democracy in Chile, Hite explores what happens to the political identities of leaders such as these in a context of traumatic political upheaval and change.
About the Author
Katherine Hite is an assistant professor of political science at Vassar College and is a coeditor of The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America: Rethinking Participation and Representation.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||Interpreting Political Identity||1|
|Chapter 2||Chile's Revolutionary Generation||27|
|Chapter 3||The Binds and Bonds of Party Loyalty||59|
|Chapter 4||Personal Loyalists and the Meaning of Allendismo||101|
|Chapter 5||Exile and the Thinkers||127|
|Chapter 6||The Return: Political Entrepreneurs and the Chilean Transition||153|
|Conclusion: Political Identity, Postauthoritarianism in the 1990s, and the Politics of the Possible||187|
What People are Saying About This
With great talent and passion, Katherine Hite's outstanding book unveils what has and has not changed in the identity of the Chilean left and the self-perception of its leaders. Based on intensive interviews of individuals in leadership positions in government or in exile for the past three decades, this book contributes an innovative approach that greatly enhances our understanding of contemporary Chilean politicsand it does so while shedding light on the trials and tribulations facing the left everywhere.
Representative figures of Chile's political class sit for a portrait that illuminates much about their society's conflicted past and its uneasy coexistence with the present. With a sure touch Hite limns leaders from different left traditions against a background of forty years of history. Her well-informed insights about the values that influenced them and the ways they shaped political life make this a significant contribution to scholarship on political leadership, democratic transitions, and historical memory. A generous sampling of her in-depth interviews allows the reader to enter the ambiguities of Chile's dense lived experience.
With great talent and passion, Katherine Hite's outstanding book unveils what has and has not changed in the identity of the Chilean left and the self-perception of its leaders. Based on intensive interviews of individuals in leadership positions in government or in exile for the past three decades, this book contributes an innovative approach that greatly enhances our understanding of contemporary Chilean politics and it does so while shedding light on the trials and tribulations facing the left everywhere.
A highly original work that brings together literatures on identity, ideology, and political change. Written with both precision and passion, it enlivens our thinking about elites and educates us about the role of leadership in Chilean democracy.