Brazil: Social Democratization and Political Democracy


This Work-in-Progress session will be in Spanish.

From the 1930s and perhaps mainly the 1940s, Brazil has been a country of strong authoritarian trends and institutional instability. The early years were ones of growth of state intervention in society and the economy, a broad process some sociologists call “democratization by authoritarian ways.”  Currently, that process has arrived at a serious political crisis, aggravated by an extraordinary economic crisis. Indeed, some people think that we are living at the end of a great historical age. As is common in similar situations, there is also an atmosphere of fear about the great risks to political democracy in Brazil.

Work-in-progress sessions are designed to generate in-depth discussion of new scholarly work. For the pre-circulated paper and to attend, register with

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Francisco C. Weffort

This profile was current as of 2018, when he was part of the on-campus Kellogg community. Francisco Correa Weffort (PhD, University of São Paulo), a distinguished scholar and public figure, returns to the Kellogg Institute for the fall 2017 semester as the Brazilian Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Democracy and Human Development...
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