Title

The corruption of democracy: Corruption scandals, class alliances, and political authoritarianism in Brazil

Date of Publication

2020 12:00 AM

Security Theme

Political Stability

Keywords

srhreports, politicalstability, country-brazil, Brazil, Latin America, poltical stability, authoritarian neoliberalism, political stability, authoritarianism, neoliberalism, corruption, Jair Bolsonaro, Workers’ party, democracy

Description

“This article examines the rise of authoritarian neoliberalism in Brazil. The study draws upon a review of the achievements and limitations of the federal administrations led by the Workers’ Party (PT, 2003–2016), and the political forces pushing for the overthrow of President Dilma Rousseff. In sequence, the article examines the economic drivers and the social composition of the right-wing forces massing against the PT, and their relationship with allegation of corruption. Finally, the article outlines the political process driving the election of President Jair Bolsonaro, in order to conclude that Brazilian democracy is disintegrating rapidly and, possibly, irreversibly."

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The corruption of democracy: Corruption scandals, class alliances, and political authoritarianism in Brazil

“This article examines the rise of authoritarian neoliberalism in Brazil. The study draws upon a review of the achievements and limitations of the federal administrations led by the Workers’ Party (PT, 2003–2016), and the political forces pushing for the overthrow of President Dilma Rousseff. In sequence, the article examines the economic drivers and the social composition of the right-wing forces massing against the PT, and their relationship with allegation of corruption. Finally, the article outlines the political process driving the election of President Jair Bolsonaro, in order to conclude that Brazilian democracy is disintegrating rapidly and, possibly, irreversibly."