Explaining Brazil #136: Neither to the left, the right, or in the center

Brazil's "Big Center" were the big winners of this year's municipal elections, despite being regularly demonized by the population. We explain who they are and how they work

The Brazilian 2020 municipal elections have come and gone. While we think it is advisable not to overstate the trends in municipal races when forecasting national politics, one thing stands out: once again, the group known as the “Big Center” comes out as the biggest force in Brazilian politics — winning races in almost half of Brazil’s municipalities.

The Big Center is despised by voters, but cajoled by politicians. 

This week, we explain what the so-called “Big Center” is, and why it is such a major political dynamo in Brazil.

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On this episode:

  • Filipe Campante is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is interested in political economy, development economics, and urban/regional issues. His research looks at what constrains politicians and policymakers beyond formal checks and balances: cultural norms, institutions, media, political protest.

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