Abstract

Brazil under Lula offers a test case of how politicians and societal interests in developing countries react when economic growth and new possibilities change the name of the game from shock and scarcity to boom and prosperity. Contrary to what a reader of the dominant theoretical work on democratization might expect, Brazil’s experience of political democratization and economic liberalization under the adverse economic conditions of the 1980s and 1990s did not bring about a neoliberal "assault on the state."

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 31-45
Launched on MUSE
2008-04-03
Open Access
No
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