Democratic Brazil Divided

Democratic Brazil Divided

by Peter Kingstone, Timothy J. Power

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March 2015 should have been a time of celebration for Brazil, as it marked thirty years of democracy, a newfound global prominence, over a decade of rising economic prosperity, and stable party politics under the rule of the widely admired PT (Workers’ Party). Instead, the country descended into protest, economic crisis, impeachment, and deep political division.  Democratic Brazil Divided offers a comprehensive and nuanced portrayal of long-standing problems that contributed to the emergence of crisis and offers insights into the ways Brazilian democracy has performed well, despite the explosion of crisis. The volume, the third in a series from editors Kingstone and Power, brings together noted scholars to assess the state of Brazilian democracy through analysis of key processes and themes. These include party politics, corruption, the new ‘middle classes’, human rights, economic policy-making, the origins of protest, education and accountability, and social and environmental policy. Overall, the essays argue that democratic politics in Brazil form a complex mosaic where improvements stand alongside stagnation and regression.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822982906
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 09/29/2017
Series: Pitt Latin American Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Peter R. Kingstone is professor of politics and development and cofounder of the Department of International Development at King's College London. He is the author of several books, including Crafting Coalitions for Reform: Business Preferences, Political Institutions and Neoliberal Reform in Brazil; ThePolitical Economy of Latin America: Reflections on Neoliberalism and Development; and is coeditor, with Timothy J. Power, of Democratic Brazil: Actors, Institutions and Processes, and Democratic Brazil Revisited.
Timothy J. Power is university lecturer in Brazilian Studies and fellow of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. A past president of the Brazilian Studies Association, he is the author of The Political Right in Postauthoritarian Brazil.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Acronyms Introduction. A Fourth Decade of Brazilian Democracy: Achievements, Challenges, and Polarization / Peter R. Kingstone and Timothy J. Power Part I. The Democratic Context 1. The PT in Power, 2003–2016 / Oswaldo E. do Amaral and Rachel Meneguello 2. Good Government and Politics as Usual?: The Schizophrenic Path of the Workers’ Party / Benjamin Goldfrank and Brian Wampler Part II. Policy Innovation & State Capacity in a Maturing Democracy 3. Corruption and Accountability in Brazil / Matthew M. Taylor 4. Environmental Politics in Brazil: The Cross-Pressures of Democracy, Development, and Global Projection / Kathryn Hochstetler 5. Checking the Power of Mayors: Explaining Improvements in Brazilian Educational Outcomes / Marcus André Melo 6. Assessing the Bolsa Família: Successes, Shortcomings, and Unknowns / Wendy Hunter and Natasha Borges Sugiyama 7. Progress or Perdition? Brazil’s National Truth Commission in Comparative Perspective / Anthony W. Pereira Part III. Politics from the Bottom Up 8. Toward a (Poor) Middle-Class Democracy? Upward Mobility and Politics under Lula and Dilma / Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida and Fernando Henrique Guarnieri 9. The Economic Context of Social Protests in 2013 / Alfredo Saad-Filho Part IV. Strategies of Global Projection 10. Democracy Postponed: A Political Economy of Brazil’s Oligarchic Foreign Policy / Sean Burges and Jean Daudelin 11. The Public Bank Trilemma: Brazil’s New Developmentalism and the BNDES / Leslie Elliott Armijo Notes References Contributors Index

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