Jeanne W. Simon

Universidad de Concepcion
Public Administration and Political Science

Castellon 360, D 303
Concepcion, VIII Region

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My research has focused on the design and implementation of social policy in Chile, especially in the period 1990 - present. In the area of public administration, my specialty is in public participation and local development. My present research project is a multi-level analysis of the design of public policies for indigenous communities in Chile using Sikkink's norm diffusion model.

Jeanne W. Simon & Claudio Gonzalez-Parra .2013. “Indigeneity and Difference” M. Pasha ed.Globalization, Difference, and Human Security. Routledge: Nueva York: 116-126. ISBN 978-0-415-70655-1
Abstract: Even when the concept “human security” seeks to be universal, Western countries have justified the use of violence against non-Western cultures to achieve “civilization”, development or security. Still, and despite the social and economic pressures to assimilate, Latin American indigenous peoples have developed strategies of cultural appropriation and resistance despite intents to impose Western cultural identities. To better understand this diversity among indigenous Mapuche in southern Chile, we use a social constructivist perspective to analyze their understandings of well-being, land, and traditional ceremonies to differentiate between traditional, assimilated and reflexive indigenous identities.
Felipe Vasquez-Lavin, Jeanne W. Simon & Ximena Paz. (2013) Determining the Feasibility of Establishing New Multiple-Use Marine Protected Areas in Chile. AMBIO-Journal of Human Environment Vol. 42 (8) (DOI 10.1007/s13280-013-0455-x): 997–1009.
Abstract: This paper evaluates the feasibility of establishing a multiple-use marine protected area. The methodology was applied to evaluate three proposed sites in Chile with diverse conservation needs, social stress and poverty levels, and different economic activities (smallscale fishing, heavy industry, and mining activities). We use two broad categories for the evaluation: socioeconomic and political–institutional. The methodology uses a combination of secondary data with personal interviews, workshops, and focus groups with stakeholders (e.g., fishermen, unions, politicians, social organizations) from different political, social, and economic backgrounds to characterize current and potential natural and social resources and to evaluate in an ordinal scale the feasibility of establishing the protected area. The methodology allows us to correctly identify the challenges faced in each site and can be used to develop appropriate strategies for balancing economic, social, and environmental objectives. This methodology can be replicated to evaluate the feasibility of other marine or terrestrial protected areas.
DOI: 10.1007/s13280-013-0455-x
Simon, Jeanna and M. Inas Picazo. 2005. "Reconfigurations Of The Chilean State In Social Policy." Research Council Nineteen Of The International Sociological Association. Chicago, EE.UU.
Simon, Jeanne and Claudio Gonzalez. 2009. "Identity, Well-being, External Forces and Internal Dynamics in Indigenous Communities of the Biobio Region, Chile." Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, New York, New York.
Gonzalez Parra, Claudio and Jeanne Simon. 2008. "All that Glitters is not Gold: Resettlement, Vulnerability and Social Exclusion in the Pehuenche Community Ayin Mapu, Chile." American Behavioral Scientist 51 (12): 1774-1789.

Substantive Focus:
Education Policy SECONDARY
Energy and Natural Resource Policy
Social Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY