An autopsy of Brazil’s party system

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Brazilians demonstrate against its party system

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity

W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming”

The Brazilian party system is dead. There are more suspects than in an Agatha Christie novel – yet the police also think it might have been suicide. The October 7 general elections represented the biggest anti-establishment wave since the country’s return to democracy 30 years ago.

The main players – the Workers’ Party, Brazilian...

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