The Riveting Rescue of 33 Chilean Miners: An Act of People, Leaders and Good Governance

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 13, 2010

The Riveting Rescue of 33 Chilean Miners: An Act of People, Leaders and Good Governance, by Daniel Kaufmann, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution

  • “The resourceful miners, their relatives, the government and its leadership, as well as many expert workers from Chile and abroad, deserve enormous and shared credit in this remarkable tale of survival and ingenuity. The successful rescue of the miners is no “Chilean Miracle.” It is not the result of a supernatural act from above, but instead stems from the heroic strength of those entombed below ground and the indefatigable efforts of many others at ground level. The rescue is an act of people, of leaders and of good governance…Chile’s successful efforts are not an anomaly or a fluke. For years, the country has been among the top rated emerging economies of the world in terms of its quality of governance. In fact, Chile’s governance rating is superior to a number of rich industrialized economies, placing around the top 30 countries in the world (see graphic in this article, from the just-released Worldwide Governance Indicators).”
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