Improvising a market, making a model: social housing policy in Chile

Economy & Society acaba de publicar como online first el artículo “Improvising a market, making a model: social housing policy in Chile” del contribuidor de este blog, Ignacio Farías. Abajo va el abstract y el link al artículo. De posible interés también este post endonde Ignacio presentó y discutió en EdlE una versión preliminar de las ideas contenidas en esta publicación.


This paper explores processes of market creation in Chile, firstly, in the 1980s as a market for social housing was initially introduced and, 30 years later, as existing market arrangements were adapted to organize housing reconstruction after the 2010 earthquake. Looking in detail at these two cases, this paper describes a type of relationship between economics and economic processes which deviates significantly from the currently widely discussed performativity of economics. Instead, a process of economic improvisation is identified that involves the composition of market arrangements without a pre-existing economic theory or model of the economic processes at stake. Improvisation, as this paper shows, is a key under-theorized element of neoliberal transformation processes in Chile and elsewhere, and crucial to understanding neoliberal action in critical moments. The paper also proposes distinguishing different modes of economic improvisation and how these become economic models.

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  • tomasundurraga  On July 29, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Muy buen artículo, Ignacio! la improvisación es un mecanismo profundamente político.

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