Explaining Brazil Podcast #30: The downfall of Brazil’s center-right

Between 1994 and 2014, Brazilian politics at the national level was dominated by two groups: the Workers’ Party, to the left of the center, and the Social Democracy Party, to the right of the center.At first, the center-right seemed to be the dominating force. President Fernando Henrique Cardoso won two elections without the need of a runoff stage.Now, many of the party’s leaders are either tarnished by corruption or have fallen into irrelevance. The Workers’ Party and Lula remain the dominant force to the left, but the center-right was kicked to the curb by Jair Bolsonaro and his extreme politics.How did a party that was Brazil’s dominant force just 20 years ago get so derailed?