On November 19, Chile held its general election and on December 19, Chilean's return to the polls for a presidential runoff election between former conservative President Sebastián Piñera and the center-leftist Alejandro Gullier. 

When Michelle Bachelet was elected president of Chile in 2013, she promised to reverse the free-market legacy that had remained in place for more than two decades after former dictator Augusto Pinochet lost power. Chile prospered during this period as it climbed toward the top of international rankings of economic freedom, but now it's at a crossroads.

Chile's elections may determine decisively whether the country will return to the principles behind its prosperity or continue down Bachelet's preferred path of state interventionism.

On Thursday, December 7, Atlas Network will host Axel Kaiser, cofounder and executive director of Fundación Para el Progreso, based in Santiago, Chile, for a special Global Policy Perspectives event on Chile's elections and the prospects for freedom in the country.

Dress is business casual. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Axel Kaiser is a public intellectual, entrepreneur, best selling author and university professor. He is a lawyer with a PhD from Heidelberg University in Germany. Axel is cofounder and executive director of the free market think tank Fundación Para el Progreso in Santiago, Chile. He also holds the Friedrich von Hayek chair at Universidad Adolfo Ibanez. His most recent work is “From illiberalism to populism: the ideological causes of the Latin American Failure”. Forthcoming in: Democracy under Threat, Oxford University Press, 2017.