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Brazil has undergone transformative change over the twenty-five years of the Nova República. As the nation prepares to inaugurate Dilma Rousseff as its new president, Albert Fishlow traces the social, political, economic, and diplomatic history of Brazil during the last quarter century and looks forward to the future.

Politics has been profoundly altered in Brazil, as popular participation in the electoral process has widened. Economic rules are now more permanent, and economic advance more regular. A healthier and longer life is now available to a broader swath of the population; there is opportunity for social advance. Foreign policy has consequence, now internally as well as externally. Fishlow details and interprets these developments and envisions what the future holds for Latin America's largest nation.

Rousseff's two immediate predecessors —Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) —are tough acts to follow. Their influence has been profound, and Brazil is now a very different nation than it was in the 1980s. Fishlow's insightful book clearly explains how and why these developments unfolded and what they portend for the future —it is essential reading for anyone trying to grasp what is happening down in Rio.

Contents 1. Introduction 2. Political Change 3. Searching for Economic Growth 4. An Inherited Social Debt 5. Foreign Policy in a Changing World 6. Democracy Deepens 7. Economic Advance Begins 8. Social Policy Firmly Implanted 9. Brazil as a Global Player 10. Looking Forward

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Front Flap
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Information
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. 2. Political Change
  2. pp. 6-32
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  1. 3. Economic Growth Is the Priority
  2. pp. 33-86
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  1. 4. Sustaining Social Progress
  2. pp. 87-139
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  1. 5. Foreign Policy in a Changing World
  2. pp. 140-185
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  1. 6. Evaluating the Past and Looking to the Future
  2. pp. 186-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-220
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 221-236
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  1. Back Flap
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  1. Back Cover
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