Who will be Chile’s next president?

˙ Latin America Advisor

Conservative presidential candidate Sebastián Piñera, who led Chile from 2010 to 2014, on Dec. 17 will face off against center-leftist Alejandro Guillier in a runoff that polls suggest will be very close. Who will win and why? Will Guillier, if elected, pursue economic or social policies that differ sharply from those of the current administration of centrist President Michelle Bachelet? How would a second Piñera presidency compare to his first?

See our Q&A in the daily Latin America Advisor with views on this close race from Robert Funk, professor of political science in the Institute of Public Policy at the University of Chile; Peter DeShazo, visiting professor of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth College and former deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs; Rossana Castiglioni, associate professor of political science at the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile; Claudia Heiss, assistant professor at the University of Chile, researcher at the Center for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies and member of the Observatory of the Constituent Process in Chile; and Guillermo Holzmann, professor at the University of Valparaíso, Chile and CEO of Analytyka Consulting.

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