Over the past half century, Chile has struggled with poverty and implemented various poverty reduction policies that have had differing degrees of success. Recently, these struggles became a centerpiece of presidential politics. Michelle Bachelet won the 2013 election for president of Chile as a member of the Center-Left Party, vowing to address the growing educational inequities that had brought protestors to the streets in droves the previous few years. The protests, which at their height in 2012 had as many as 200,000 Chileans on the street, directly objected to the rising cost and difficulties of accessing higher education. However, the unrest also stemmed from widening inequality in the nation, asking the nation to address policies of poverty reduction and economic planning that have been key ...

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