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.

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Francisco C. Weffort (1937 - 2021) 

Francisco Weffort (May 17, 1937 – Aug. 1, 2021) An Appreciation by Abraham F. Lowenthal Francisco Weffort – a leading Brazilian political scientist, public intellectual and political figure – passed away at the age of 84 on Aug. 1, 2021, during cardiac surgery in Rio de Janeiro. He remained lucid and active until the final day of his life, reading, thinking, and writing...
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