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Podcast Dec 02, 2020

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


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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