Michele Bachelet, Chile's first female president, was elected with an explicit gender agenda in 2006 and then reelected in 2013. This volume focuses on Bachelet's efforts to introduce progressive measures and the constraints that she has faced in a context where both formal and informal political institutions can act as barriers to change.
Georgina Waylen is Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester, UK. She has researched and published widely on various aspects of gender and politics, particularly transitions to democracy and political economy. She is the author of Gender in Third World Politics (1996) and Engendering Transitions: Women's Mobilization, Institutions and Gender Outcomes (2007).