In the first week of February, senators, representatives, and judges dust off their suits and gowns and head back to work after a long end-of-the-year holiday, and the relentless Brazilian news cycle kicks into gear once again. The government of Jair Bolsonaro now heads into its second year, after a 2019 full of scandal, crisis, and criticism.
This week, we’re looking ahead to what 2020 has in store for us in Brazil’s Legislative and Judiciary branches and their relationship with President Bolsonaro.
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On this episode:
- Claudio Couto is a political scientist, head of Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Masters program in Public Policy and Administration. He also writes as a columnist for The Brazilian Report. Claudio has conducted research on how Brazilian democracy works – and has written numerous papers on Brazil’s 1988 Constitution.
- The Brazilian Report has produced an exclusive (and free) eBook analyzing the first year of Jair Bolsonaro’s administration. Click here to download it.
- The government has bold privatization plans. But implementing them will be easier said than done.
- The tax reform is one of the key points on the 2020 political agenda. In episode #72, we talked to one of the economists behind the proposal. Listen now.
- Inefficient and costly: Brazil’s public service is in need of reform.
- In our October 29 Daily Briefing, we anticipated the economic agenda in post-pension reform Brazil.
Explaining Brazil is made by:
- Gustavo Ribeiro, editor in chief of The Brazilian Report. He has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de S.Paulo, Médiapart, and Radio France Internationale.
- Euan Marshall, editing. Euan is a journalist and translator who has lived in São Paulo, Brazil since 2011. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, his work has been published in The Telegraph, Al Jazeera, The Independent, among others.
- Natália Scalzaretto, producing. Natália has worked for companies such as Santander Brasil and Reuters, where she covered news ranging from commodities to technology. Most recently, she worked as an Editor for Trading News, the information division of the TradersClub investor community.
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