Presentation of the book "History and public policies. Forrmulation of public policies in the old Chilean democracy".

The Department of Political Studies organized the presentation of the book entitled "Historia y políticas públicas. Forrmulación de políticas públicas en la vieja democracia chilena", written by Dr. Mauricio Olavarría and Dr. Cristina Moyano, which presents a novel research work in which the study of history and the analysis of public policies converge in an interdisciplinary way, and also analyzes the processes of formulation of public policies in two important areas of State action.
The work, divided into seven chapters, analyzes the processes of public policy formulation in two important areas of state action, in a period extending from the mid-nineteenth century to 1973.
The publication is based on an interdisciplinary research work where history and public policy analysis converged, a crossroads of areas that has generated few studies at national and international level, making the text an invitation "for researchers to break down the barriers and approach the multidisciplinary," said Dr. Olavarría.
The book has 270 pages, which can be read as "a single piece of research that relates the constituent facts of the public policy process and reports the findings that flow from it or be read in chapters depending on the reader's interest," explained the DEP director.  
Dr. Moyano indicated that the book opens a line of research, which is related to what happens after the formulation of a public policy. "How are public policies executed? There is not always a mirror situation. We are able to explore the intermediate agents - agents who implement them in local, regional, etc. spaces - and this is a field of work that I believe has great potential for growth in terms of evaluating the successes or failures of public policy", he remarked. 
The activity was conducted virtually and was moderated by DEP professor Viviana Cuevas Salazar. Dr. Patricio Silva, from the Institute of History of the University of Leiden, Netherlands, also participated via telematic means, who concluded, after analyzing each chapter, that "this is a book that will have a great scope in the training of students of History and Public Administration, because it provides us with inputs to generate new questions. I believe it will be a great contribution to the advancement of knowledge on the nature and development of the State from the 19th century to the present day," he said.