This book examines social policy in Chile between 1990 and 2009 through the eyes of one of its key actors. Special emphasis is placed on allocation of resources, the relationship between social, fiscal, and macroeconomic policy, and the relationship of these three types of policy with growth and equity.

The book covers each area of social policy: subsidies/monetary transfers, education, housing, pensions and social protection, health care, and income generation. The author analyzes the mechanisms used to prioritize social spending in the allocation of public resources. Within social policies, he examines the main criteria and priorities that guided allocation of resources.

José Pablo Arellano M. was the National Budget Director from 1990 to 1996 and the Minister of Education from 1996 to 2000. He is the author of several publications on social policy.

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