The MDB’s Organization, Structure and Programme1

  • Maria D’Alva G. Kinzo
Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series


This chapter will discuss three main questions: first, the manner in which the MDB set up its national organization and the functioning of the party structure; second, the nature of the MDB as an opposition front, that is the nature of the groupings within the party; and third, what the MDB defended, that is the basic issues of the party programme.


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  1. 3.
    Cf. Carlos Castello Branco, Os Militares no Poder (Rio de Janeiro, Editora Nova Fronteira, 1977), vol. 1, p. 383.Google Scholar
  2. 20.
    A more detailed account of the MDB selection of candidates in 1978 can be found in, Shiguenoli Miyamoto, ‘Eleiçoes de 1978 em São Paulo: A Campanha’, in Bolivar Lamounier (ed.) Voto de Desconfiança — Eleiçōes e Mudança Politica no Brasil, 1970–1979 (Petrbpolis: Vozes / CEBRAP, 1980).Google Scholar
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    On the characterization of factions, fractions and tendencies within a political party, see Giovanni Sartori, Parties and Party Systems (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1976), Chapter 4.Google Scholar
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    In fact, in the only place where the MDB had been in government at state level (Rio de Janeiro), a very structured clientelist machine was built by the governor Chagas Freitas who retained full control over the MDB in Rio de Janeiro. See Eli Diniz, Voto e Máquina Politica (Rio: Paz e Terra, 1982).Google Scholar
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© Maria D’Alva Gil Kinzo 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria D’Alva G. Kinzo
    • 1
  1. 1.Assistant Professor of Political ScienceUniversity of CampinasBrazil

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