Articles August 18, 2018

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The military presence in Brazil’s 2018 election

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Retired Army General Hamilton Mourão rose to fame last year, after defending a military coup if Brazil’s Justice system failed to punish corrupt politicians. Now, he is a vice presidential nominee, running alongside far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro – another former member of the Brazilian Armed Forces. They are part of a growing phenomenon in Brazil:… Read More »

Industry 4.0: is Brazil ready for the change?

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During Brazil’s worst recession on record, no economic sector lost more than industry. For 14 months in a row, Brazilian industry posted negative results. As a result, industry started to account for a smaller share of the GDP – even in a scenario of economic retraction. Rock bottom came at the beginning of 2016, when… Read More »

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Brazil’s recurring phenomenon of joke candidates

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It has been 36 years since Brazil returned to a widely competitive electoral system, after roughly two decades of authoritarianism. During the military dictatorship, electoral competition was not completely suppressed, although severely hampered. A symbol of the new democratic era was the return of a multi-partisan system. Multi-partisanship had previously existed during two periods of… Read More »

Explaining Brazil #24: How do elections work in Brazil?

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Our podcast is available on:   On October 7, around 147 million Brazilians are expected to head to their polling station, show their I.D. and then get into a booth to choose our leaders for the next four years. We will elect a new president, 27 new governors, 513 congressmen, and over 1,000 state lawmakers.… Read More »

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The Brazilian Report interviews Guilherme Boulos

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Born into a middle-class family, Guilherme Boulos became involved with politics around the age of 15. He joined the Communist Youth Union (UJC), a student movement originated in the Brazilian Communist Party. Then, he got closer to the Homeless Workers Movement (MTST), left home, and started his militancy for the democratization of the access to… Read More »

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Brazilians live in an age of mistrust

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Brazilians seem to be looking over their shoulders more than they did in the past. And the country is not only losing faith in its institutions, but citizens have also become less confident in one another. That’s what a series of surveys carried out since 2009 by Ibope Inteligência, a polling institute, shows us. Nearly… Read More »

Recessions spell trouble for Brazilian leaders

Recessions spell trouble for Brazilian leaders

A few months ago, Santander analyst Luciano Sobral (@drunkeynesian on Twitter) published a chart showing the evolution of Brazil’s GDP over time, alongside significant ruptures of the political order. One thing stood out: political shifts, whether democratic or not, come after dire recessions. *Disclaimer: We consider Lula’s 2002 election to be a “rupture” – even… Read More »