Concentración Nacional

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Concentración Nacional

The Concentración Nacional was a post-World War II Chilean political alliance. Following his 1946 election, Gabriel González Videla initially created a government that included members of the Communist Party. In 1947, however, he reshuffled his cabinet, this time excluding the Communists, who he felt had become too popular. Infuriated, the Communists launched a series of strikes, some of which became violent. Claiming that the Communists were threatening Chile's political stability, González Videla created a new cabinet, the Concentración Nacional, which consisted of the Radical, Conservative, Democratic, and Liberal parties. In 1948 this coalition cabinet passed a measure called the Law for the Permanent Defense of Democracy, which outlawed the Communist Party. The Concentración Nacional lasted until 1950, when a split over labor and prices led to the cabinet's resignation.

See alsoGonzález Videla, Gabriel .


César Caviedes L., The Politics of Chile: A Sociogeographical Assessment (1979), pp. 184-185.

Julio Faúndez, Marxism and Democracy in Chile (1988), p. 75.

Additional Bibliography

Moulian, Tomás. Fracturas de Pedro Aguirre Cerda a Salvador Allende (1938–1973). Santiago: LOM Ediciones, 2006.

Scully, Timothy. Rethinking the Center: Party Politics in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Chile. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1992.

                                         William F. Sater