Seen through Western European eyes, this meeting of the minds on the foundations of the development of society seems banal, but it is significant when Chile is compared with other Latin American countries, where this hasic consensus has yet to emerge. It encourages the formulation of a longer-term development strategy geared to macroeconomic needs and the expansion of the social, political and ecological dimension of the worldmarket-oriented development model. In Chile there is thus the prospect of the development of a vision of future change, whereas oth~r countries of Latin Atnerica tend to be characterized by manifestations of social decay, political polarization and a paralysed apparatus of state.