The Evolving Constitution of Chile: A Balancing Act Between Civic Aspirations and Political Realities
About the Convención Constitucional of Chile | Written on September, 2023
In recent years, Chile has experienced a political and social transformation underscored by an extensive constitutional revision process. The initiative has seen multiple phases, each accompanied by unprecedented citizen participation and intense political engagement. However, with this process comes the question of whether the evolving constitution will meet the expectations of the citizenry and maintain the stability of the nation.
The Historical Context
The constitutional process in Chile is not a standalone event; it comes on the heels of a historical trajectory. The 1980 Constitution, enacted under the regime of Augusto Pinochet, has long been regarded as lacking legitimacy due to its origin. Even after significant amendments, including those in 2005 under President Ricardo Lagos, the constitution has been viewed as inadequate in addressing the nation's growing demands for social justice and equality.