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Democratic Brazil: Actors, Institutions, and Processes (Pitt Latin American Series)

Kingstone, Peter R. and Timothy J. Power

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ISBN 10: 0822941139 / ISBN 13: 9780822941132
Published by University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000
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Hardcover , no dj. Book and contents clean and tight. 339 pages, index, bibliography, notes. "Democratic Brazil: Actors, Institutions, and Processes analyzes Brazilian democracy in a comprehensive, systematic fashion, covering the full period of the New Republic from Presidents Sarney to Cardoso. Democratic Brazil brings together twelve top scholars, the "next generation of Brazilianists," with wide-ranging specialties including institutional analysis, state autonomy, federalism and decentralization, economic management and business-state relations, the military, the Catholic Church and the new religious pluralism, social movements, the left, regional integration, demographic change, and human rights and the rule of law. Each chapter focuses on a crucial process or actor in the New Republic, with emphasis on its relationship to democratic consolidation. The volume also contains a comprehensive bibliography on Brazilian politics and society since 1985. Prominent Brazilian historian Thomas Skidmore has contributed a foreword to the volume. Bookseller Inventory # 2744

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Title: Democratic Brazil: Actors, Institutions, and...

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First edition.

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After 21 years of military rule, Brazil returned to democracy in 1985. Over the past decade and a half, Brazilians in the Nova República (New Republic) have struggled with a range of diverse challenges that have tested the durability and quality of the young democracy. How well have they succeeded? To what extent can we say that Brazilian democracy has consolidated? What actors, institutions, and processes have emerged as most salient over the past 15 years? Although Brazil is Latin America's largest country, the world's third largest democracy, and a country with a population and GNP larger than Yeltsin's Russia, more than a decade has passed since the last collaborative effort to examine regime change in Brazil, and no work in English has yet provided a comprehensive appraisal of Brazilian democracy in the period since 1985.

Democratic Brazil analyzes Brazilian democracy in a comprehensive, systematic fashion, covering the full period of the New Republic from Presidents Sarney to Cardoso. Democratic Brazil brings together twelve top scholars, the “next generation of Brazilianists,” with wide-ranging specialties including institutional analysis, state autonomy, federalism and decentralization, economic management and business-state relations, the military, the Catholic Church and the new religious pluralism, social movements, the left, regional integration, demographic change, and human rights and the rule of law. Each chapter focuses on a crucial process or actor in the New Republic, with emphasis on its relationship to democratic consolidation. The volume also contains a comprehensive bibliography on Brazilian politics and society since 1985. Prominent Brazilian historian Thomas Skidmore has contributed a foreword to the volume.

Democratic Brazil speaks to a wide audience, including Brazilianists, Latin Americanists generally, students of comparative democratization, as well as specialists within the various thematic subfields represented by the contributors. Written in a clear, accessible style, the book is ideally suited for use in upper-level undergraduate courses and graduate seminars on Latin American politics and development.

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Peter R. Kingstone (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1994) is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is the author of Crafting Coalitions for Reform: Business Preferences, Political Institutions, and Neoliberalism in Brazil, and the author of articles on the sustainability of reform and business-state relations in the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, and NAFTA: Law and Business Review of the Americas. He is currently at work on a comparison of privatization and pension reform in Latin America.

Timothy J. Power (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1993) is an assistant professor of political science at Louisiana State University. He is the author of the forthcoming Elites, Institutions, and Democratization: The Political Right in Postauthoritarian Brazil, and his articles have appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Party Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs. He was a visiting professor at the University of Braslia in 1994, and is currently the contributing editor covering Brazilian politics for the Handbook of Latin American Studies published by the Library of Congress.

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