Opinion

Ahead of 2022, anti-partisanship is a looming risk for Brazil

More and more Brazilian voters have no party allegiances of their own, while actively opposing at least one political party. That is a problem

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“My party is my country,” said protesters in 2013, dismissing most parties as corrupt organizations. Photo: Alf Ribeiro/Shutterstock

Six would-be Brazilian presidential candidates published a letter in defense of democracy last week, with the goal of creating a centrist alliance to challenge President Jair Bolsonaro in the 2022 elections. What is most notable about this joint manifesto is the absence of political parties, particularly enlightening as the country experiences a growing wave of “anti-partisanship,” with more and more voters having no party allegiance of their own, while showing animosity toward at least one Brazilian political party.

In a 2018 book, political scientists David Samuel and Cesar Zucco highlight that anti-partisanship grew in Brazil between 1998 and 2016,...

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