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"Conservative Parties, Democracy, and Economic Reform in Contemporary Brazil"

Author
Scott Mainwaring Rachel Meneguello Timothy Power
Abstract

Abstract

In this paper we analyze conservative parties in Brazil, focusing on the post-1985 democracy but with some attention to earlier periods as well. We develop four main themes. First, conservative parties in Brazil have been successful at maintaining political power. Our second major theme is that compared to the center and left, Brazil's conservative parties have several distinctive features. Third, there are significant differences among the conservative parties. Our final major theme is that the conservative pole in the party system is changing. This paper was also published in Ken Middlebrook, ed. Conservative Parties, the Right, and Democracy in Latin America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000, pp 264-222, 355-360. (with Rachel Meneguello and Timothy J. Power)

Resumen

En este artículo analizamos a los partidos conservadores en Brasil, concentrándonos en el período democrático posterior a 1985, pero prestando también alguna atención a períodos anteriores. Desarrollamos cuatro tesis principales. En primer lugar, que los partidos coservadores en Brasil han tenido éxito en mantener poder político. Nuestra segunda tesis es que los partidos conservadores de Brasil tienen varias características que los distinguen tanto del centro como de la izquierda. Tercero, que hay significativas diferencias entre los partidos conservadores. Nuestra cuarta tesis principal es que el polo conservador en este sistema de partidos está cambiando.

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