Cardoso's Brazil: A Land for Sale / Edition 1

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Offering a systematic, critical analysis of the presidency of Fernando Cardoso, this ambitious case study assesses government policies within the framework of the 'new economic model' of globalization and structural adjustment. Petras and Veltmeyer argue that Cardoso paved the way for what amounted to the takeover of a large and important part of Brazil's economy by foreign investors. The authors discuss the neoliberal model of capitalist development, the privatization of key sectors and enterprises, the human cost of structural adjustment, and the search for a community-based form of local development. The crisis in agriculture and the dynamic responses of the country's rural landless workers precipitated the rise of Brazil's populist new president, Lula, whom the authors charge has started down the same path as his predecessor.

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Editorial Reviews

Well-written. This reflective book should appeal to academic and general readers equally. Recommended.
Well-written. This reflective book should appeal to academic and general readers equally. Recommended.
Foreign Affairs
It was only a matter of time before the old sociological left attacked Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the Marxist sociologist turned Brazilian president, as an apostate. Here, in full force, comes the heavy brigade, led by the old battle horse Petras with Veltmeyer beside him. Cardoso, they argue, was the great hope of the "third way": a path to development between socialism and neoliberalism. Instead, according to their harsh review, he became one of the worst presidents in Brazilian history, destroying one of the "twentieth century's most successful capitalist models of growth ... the old economic model of state-led development." In an extensive analysis of how Cardoso went about dismantling the state sector, they argue that Brazil has come full circle: "from a liberal raw material exporting country to a dynamic industrializing country and emerging industrial power ... to a regressive stagnant foreign owned subsidiary of overseas credit holders and investors dependent on the largesse of international financial institutions." But as Cardoso learned the hard way, theory is easier than practice. Although he was not the great president he might have been, he was not the disaster depicted here. Even Brazilian politicians, a hardhearted crowd, are more generous in their judgment than are these former colleagues from Cardoso's own academic discipline.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742526310
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Series: Critical Currents in Latin American Perspective Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

James Petras is Bartle Professor Emeritus at Binghamton University. Henry Veltmeyer is professor of sociology at Saint Mary's University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Making Brazil Safe for Capital Chapter 2: Capital Moves In Chapter 3: The Offensive against Labor Chapter 4: Participatory Local Development Chapter 5: The Agricultural Crisis Chapter 6: The Politics of Agrarian Reform Chapter 7: The Electoral Politics Trap Chapter 8: Brazil After Cardoso

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