Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745336701 Published January 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745336756 Published February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Brazil

Neoliberalism versus Democracy

Alfredo Saad-Filho and Lecio Morais

Brazil

Alfredo Saad-Filho and Lecio Morais

Distributed for Pluto Press

216 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745336701 Published January 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745336756 Published February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
With the sixth largest economy in the world, Brazil has played a key international role for decades. It was one of the first “pink wave” administrations in Latin America. In 1994, it was responsible for shutting down the US-sponsored proposal for a Free Trade Area of the Americas. Notably, it is also one of the few large countries where social spending has risen and the distribution of income has improved over the last thirty years. As we saw during the 2014 World Cup protests, however, the country still remains highly unequal, with vast unmet social welfare needs and a precarious infrastructure.
 
In Brazil: Neoliberalism Versus Democracy, Alfredo Saad-Filho and Lecio Morais review the complex paradox that is modern Brazil. Focusing on 1980 to the present, they analyze the tensions between the two dominant systemic political transitions from military rule to first democracy, then neoliberalism. A groundbreaking interpretation of this intricate relationship, Brazil examines how the contradictory dynamics of these transitions eventually became symbiotic as they unfolded and intertwined. 
 
Review Quotes
Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
“The contradiction between neoliberalism and democracy is now well-known: this books offers a new and profound insight into this through a sharp and convincing account of the Brazilian experience—combining the political transition from military dictatorship to democracy, and the economic transition from import-substituting industrialisation to neoliberalism. This is critical political economy at its best.”
 
Lena Lavinas, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
“Saad-Filho and Morais excel at providing a critical, powerful and persuasive analysis for Brazil’s economic, social, and political development since the 1930s, emphasizing distinct transition paths from dictatorship to democracy and from state-led industrialization to neoliberalism. Grounded on a solid marxist political economy framework, this book is a must-read to understand Brazils current predicament and defying challenges ahead.”
 
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