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Lula and the Workers Party in Brazil

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In October 2002, Luiz In?cio Lula da Silva made history when he became Latin America?s first democratically elected socialist leader since Salvador Allende. Lula and his Workers Party won comfortably with nearly 62 percent of Brazil?s popular vote. This book tells the story of the Workers Party?s origins and electoral history, outlining the key politicians behind it and the riveting story of their four successive tries for power. It features an exclusive postelection interview with Lula that charts his ...

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Overview

In October 2002, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva made history when he became Latin America’s first democratically elected socialist leader since Salvador Allende. Lula and his Workers Party won comfortably with nearly 62 percent of Brazil’s popular vote. This book tells the story of the Workers Party’s origins and electoral history, outlining the key politicians behind it and the riveting story of their four successive tries for power. It features an exclusive postelection interview with Lula that charts his extraordinary life story, rising from poverty, through decades of struggle in the country’s union movement, to increasing political influence and eventual victory.

With unparalled access to Lula over the first two years of his administration, the authors have updated the book to include an analysis of his early attempts at social reform, his growing leadership on the international stage, and his response to charges of abandoning the Left of his own party and the hopes of his staunchest supporters.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Brazil is now the scene of a dramatic confrontation of major tendencies of current history. . . . This fine book records the conflict . . . with insight and understanding." —Noam Chomsky

"An important contribution to understanding how one of the world’s leading pro-labor and democratic political movements came to power in Latin America’s largest nation." —Linda Chavez-Thompson, AFL-CIO

"Lula’s victory, and the social movements that helped make it possible, are among the most stirring developments in Latin America since the election of Salvador Allende." —Tom Hayden

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565849846
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/18/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 142
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Sue Branford has reported on Brazil for the BBC and The Guardian for two decades. She is the co-author (with Jan Rocha) of Cutting the Wire. She lives in London.

Bernardo Kucinski is a Brazilian political scientist and co-author, with Sue Branford, of Brazil: Carnival of the Oppressed. He lives in Brazil.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Rise of the Workers' Party 13
2 The Making of a Leader 54
3 The Fernando Henrique Cardoso Legacy 74
4 Porto Alegre: Public Power Beyond the State 103
Glossary 134
Bibliography 135
About the Authors 136
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    Proagandistic Nonsense

    Branford and Kucisnki must be crying in their coffee seeing the current state of the Workers Party (PT)government in Brazil. This fawning, unrealistic and biased book, which which presents the PT as a group of saints pointing 'the only way out' of Brazil's 'mess', has nothing in common with the party whose leaders (many of whom, like Tarso Genro and Antonio Palocci) are hagiographed here and are currently disgraced, jailed or corrupted and whose leader, Lula, abandoned all pretense of leftism the moment he got into power. Lula has governed more conservatively than his predecesssor who takes an unwarranted savaging from these left-idolizing authors. For those who think that Hugo Chavez is an 'anti-inperialist' (instead of a mini-imperialist of his own), or that Evo Morales' attempts to bring his country back to Aymara collectivism are progress (instead of a willful blindness to 21st Century realities and a destruction of what remains of the Bolivian economy), or that Nestor Kirschner's stiffing of thousands of European retirees who bought worthless Argentine bonds is some type of Argentine 'economic nationalism' (instead of counter-productive outright theft), then this book is for you. You too can revel, with the authors, in their dreamy, unealistic negative and just-plain-wrong 'analysis'. Will leftists EVER wake up and use their heads?

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