Bureaucratic Politics and Administration in Chile by Peter S. Cleaves

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Taking a hard line on price increases and strike petitions. Figure 4 reveals that the Alessandri, Frei, and Allende governments shruply reduced inflation in the initial years of their regimes; later, however, the ability of the first two to hold the index steady declined gradually, meaning in pact that powerful sectors of the economy ignored government directives in setting prices FIGURE 4. VAlUABLI! , / - '01- ,,,".. CE: National Office of Statistics and Census. , ,I 1970 I 28 Buftaucratic Politics and Adminu/ralloll in Chile and demanding wage increases.

The bUdgetary law ostensi bly gives the Finance ministry the authority to distribute all allocations, yet Congress intervenes to p(()vide special taxes for individual agencies. Though the budget is legislated with considerable fanfare in the month of December, the allocation of funds in major amounts continues throughout the year. ing, budget execution is marked by a multitude of transfers between current and capital accounts, between agencies, and between ministries. " & Intermittent overestimates and underestimates of revenues are part of the game, as are bogus accounts, civil service strikes, and recourse to inlernational loans.

Tatus and authority cannot provide much assistance to a puhlic administration carrying out unpopular programs. Over the past few decades, popular support of a Chilean government has tended to vary with its time in office. According to the 1925 Constitution, Chilean presidents cannot succeed themselves, an important consideration in ellplaining and predicting the intensity of ideological debate, demands for government action, recourse to coercion and .. Eric L Trisl. ~Kcy Aspects of Enviromneolal Relations," p.

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