The Effect of Political Crisis on Citizenship Rights and Authoritarianism in Brazil

  • Valesca Lima
Part of the Governance, Development, and Social Inclusion in Latin America book series (GDSILA)


In this chapter, I examine the causal processes contributing to the rise of the right-wing movements in Brazil by examining the main features of the political crisis that is altering and disrupting Brazilian politics. I start with an analysis of the Workers’ Party (PT) neo-developmentalist policies and the challenges of Brazilian elites in accepting the extension of participatory citizenship and the improvements of living conditions of low-income families. I then move to explore the right-wing, conservative project to return to power, which included their reorganization around a new agenda, new alliances, and the manipulation of mainstream media and judiciary. In the final part of this chapter, I focus on changes in governance models implemented under right-wing administrations and the renewed discourse of militarization and neofascism in Brazilian politics.


Neo-developmentalism Impeachment Democracy Bolsonaro Right-wing 


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  • Valesca Lima
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  1. 1.Maynooth UniversityDublinIreland

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