The Constitution Under Military Rule: Government and Opposition

  • Javier Martínez-Lara
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series


One of the most distinctive features of military rule in Brazil was the decision to preserve some of the basic components of the pre-1964 liberal democratic constitution. The upholding of a constitution with many of the trappings of liberal democracy did not, however, help to restrain power in any democratic or legal sense. Written rules and institutional controls were relevant to regulate political life in as much as they did not pose a real threat to the desire for power monopoly of the military.


Institutional Reform Constitutional Rule State Governor Constitutional Amendment Electoral College 
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