This is an excellent short history of brazils economic political and social development since the 1930s the account is explicitly grounded on marxist political economy. Brazil went through a political transition from military dictatorship to democracy between 1974 and 1988 this chapter reviews that transition focusing on the limitations of the military regime the mass movements that triggered its demise and the elite pact that capped the transition. Saad filho and morais excel at providing a critical powerful and persuasive analysis for brazils economic social and political development since the 1930s emphasizing distinct transition paths from dictatorship to democracy and from state led industrialization to neoliberalism. Brazil is the worlds sixth largest economy has played a key role as one of the pink wave administrations in latin america and was also responsible for wrecking the us sponsored proposal for a free trade area of the americas. Giles ji ungpakorn a recent book by alfredo saad filho lecio morais titled brazil neoliberalism versus democracy describes how the brazilian elite conspired with the middle classes and right wing politicians to destroy the workers party pt government and its pro poor policies
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