The Political System of Brazil

  • Dana de la Fontaine
  • Thomas Stehnken

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Dana de la Fontaine, Thomas Stehnken
    Pages 1-12
  3. Historical Legacies and Socio-economic Inequalities

  4. Checks and Balances in the Political System Since 1988

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Argelina Cheibub Figueiredo, Fernando Limongi
      Pages 63-82
    3. Jairo Nicolau, Julia Stadler
      Pages 103-120
    4. Leonardo Martins
      Pages 121-140
  5. Institutions of Interest Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Juan Albarracín
      Pages 143-162
    3. Eli Diniz, Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira
      Pages 183-200
    4. Waldeli Melleiro, Jochen Steinhilber
      Pages 201-227
    5. Carlos Eduardo Lins da Silva
      Pages 253-262
  6. Policy Fields

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 415-419

About this book


This volume presents in-depth insights into the polity, politics and policies of the Brazilian political system. It reassesses the processes of change since the country's return to democracy in the 1980s, in the light of autocratic societal structures and suboptimal institutional design, on the one hand, and the political and economic achievements observed, on the other. In their contributions, top Brazilian and international scholars critically examine the development of the political system with a focus on the Lula and Rousseff administrations, and place their actions and failures in the socio-political and economic context so as to uncover the underlying institutional structures, constellations and diverging interests of actors on various decision-making levels and in different political fields. It is the central aim of this book to present a differentiated portrait of the current political landscape and remaining contradictions in Latin America's largest country.


Brazilian Political System Development of the Political System Dilma Rousseff Latin American Politics Lula da Silva Political Results

Editors and affiliations

  • Dana de la Fontaine
    • 1
  • Thomas Stehnken
    • 2
  1. 1.GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft fu¨r Internationale ZusammenarbeitMaputoMozambique
  2. 2.acatech - German Academy of Science and EngineeringBrusselsBelgium

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