Salvador Allende and the International Monetary Fund, 1970-1973: The Depoliticisation and Technocratisation of Cold War Relations

Claudia Kedar*

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Abstract

This article unveils the continuous and productive relationship that developed between Chile and the IMF during Salvador Allende's presidency (1970-73). This counter-intuitive relationship was made possible by the systematic depoliticisation and technocratisation of the ties between them. By downplaying ideological discrepancies and keeping a high degree of autonomy, the IMF and Chilean technocrats blurred rigid Cold War divides and circumvented the US-imposed embargo against Allende's regime. The examination of this relationship sheds new light on Allende's positioning in the international arena and provides a unique prism to reconsider dichotomist perceptions of the Cold War in Latin America.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)717-747
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Latin American Studies
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2015

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Keywords

  • Cold War
  • IMF
  • Salvador Allende
  • bureaucratic apparatus
  • depoliticisation
  • invisible blockade
  • technocratisation
  • technocrats

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