Alberto Mayol On Chile’s 2013 Presidential Elections: “It Is More Useful To Vote, Despite Everything”


As a journalist and academic at the University of Chile in Santiago Alberto Mayol has been active in the student movement and written widely on topics such as inequality in Chile, the education system and the moral structures of Chilean society. He is the author of the books “The Collapse of the Model. The crisis of market economy in the contemporary Chilean model”, and “No to profit: From the crisis of the model to the new political era”. font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";
mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Ali Sargent: What are the main changes in the student movement since 2011? What are the main challenges it faces?

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mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>AS: What are the main ideological groupings inside the student movement?
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mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>AS: Could you explain the nature of the Nueva Mayoria [New Majority], led by Bachelet in these elections.

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mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>AS: Could you talk a bit about the demand now in Chile for a new constitution?

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mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>AS: Do you think constitutional reforms are likely to happen in Chile’s near future?

AM: Yes, they will reform the Constitution – probably there will be a new one – they will reform the public pension system, probably, the education system.. but we’re still falling short. I think we’re transitioning to have a blander, less intensely neoliberal set-up. But it’s certain that change is happening.

www.albertomayol.cl. What were the main ideas? font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";
mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>AS: Could you tell me more about the “You don’t have my vote” campaign in the 2012 municipal elections, and the politicization of the decision not to vote?

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