In the decades following Chile's 1990 return to democracy, successive governments adopted pioneering reforms aimed at modernizing the state and strengthening democratic governance. This chapter discusses the major developments within Chile's public sector since 1990, with an emphasis on reforms affecting the civil service and public sector management. The politics of the reform process was notable for successful consensus building and led to a more meritocratic, professionally managed public employment system. This chapter also provides an overview of initiatives to strengthen accountability through greater transparency and citizen participation in government, as well as the major public sector management reforms adopted during the last three decades.
Alberts, S., Dávila, M. and Valenzuela, A. (2021), "Modernizing the State to Strengthen Democracy: Public Sector Reforms in Chile", Peters, B.G., Tercedor, C.A. and Ramos, C. (Ed.) The Emerald Handbook of Public Administration in Latin America, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 81-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-83982-676-420201005
Emerald Publishing Limited
Copyright © 2021 Emerald Publishing Limited.