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Brazil. Reversal of Fortune

  • ID: 2561516
  • Book
  • Region: Brazil
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Once deemed a dysfunctional democracy with a feckless set of political institutions and a drunk economy, today s Brazil has undergone a complete reversal of fortune. Now in its third decade of democracy, the economy is blossoming and large–scale development projects are underway, including the exploitation of massive, off–shore oil reserves, a nationwide effort to modernize infrastructure, and preparations for the hosting of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Inequality and poverty are reducing and even Brazil s political institutions are more governable and are producing a higher–quality democracy than most observers once thought possible.

Alfred P. Montero s timely and wide–ranging book explores Brazil s amazing turnaround – from improvements to the working of its political institutions and judiciary, to the renewal of economic growth, the advent of innovative social policy, and the emergence of a new foreign policy agenda. Unpacking both overly optimistic as well as pessimistic views of Brazilian politics and development, Montero offers illuminating insights into the country s transformation and its increasing significance on the international stage.
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List of Tables and Figures vi

Abbreviations viii

1 A Reversal of Fortune? 1

2 Democracy and Economy from Bust to Boom 20

3 Improving Governability 47

4 Accountability, Participation, and Good Governance 70

5 The Renewed Developmental State 101

6 Welfare and Class Mobility 129

7 Brazilian Foreign Policy 152

8 Prospects for the New Brazil 176

Notes 195

References 205

Index 232
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Alfred P. Montero
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