This book emerged out of a panel of the same name at the Latin American
Studies Association meetings in Guadalajara, Mexico. The enthusiastic re-
sponse of the scholars—Latin American and North American—who attended
the session motivated the presenters, Thomas Miller Klubock, Joel Stillerman,
Heidi Tinsman, and myself, to write and publish this edited volume on the
impact of the Pinochet dictatorship and the neoliberal policies it initiated and
imposed on workers in di√erent sectors of the Chilean economy. We want to
thank all who attended that panel, in particular Paul Drake, who chaired it and
generously agreed to write the foreword for this book, and Francisco Zapata,
whose perceptive comments as discussant helped shape the revision of those
presentations for publication.
Volker Frank, who attended that session, was inspired to join us and to o√er
his critique of labor policy under the Concertación governments of the 1990s as
his contribution. At the suggestion of the readers for Duke University Press, we
added chapters on workers in the forestry and fisheries sectors. We want to
thank them for their helpful comments.
We are also indebted to many Chilean scholars for their work and their help.
The authors of this book acknowledge their intellectual debts in their respective
chapters. Here I only have space to pay tribute to a few scholars whose contribu-
tions have been more global: Tomás Moulian, whose Chile actual punctured the
triumphalism of the ‘‘Chilean Miracle’’ and made it possible to discuss it criti-
cally; and the many scholars, analysts, and activists of the Programa de Econo-
mía y Trabajo (pet) over two decades, from Jaime Ruíz Tagle to Jorge Rojas,
who began the study of the impact of the dictatorship and its economic model
on Chile’s workers when it was dangerous to do so and who helped give both
workers and scholars the tools with which to understand the new situation of
Chilean labor. We all stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.
At Duke University Press, Valerie Millholland has been both supportive and
patient throughout the long gestation of this project and deserves a special vote