Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

The Once and Future Brazilian Presidency: Social Policy and Electoral Alignments in the 2014 Election

November 21st, 2014
2:00 PM

Location
Greenleaf Conference Room
100A Jones Hall

Alfred Montero, Chair of Political Science, Director of Political Economy, and the Frank B. Kellogg Professor of Political Science at Carleton College, will present a talk entitled “The Once and Future Brazilian Presidency: Social Policy and Electoral Alignments in the 2014 Election.”

On October 25, 2014, Dilma Rousseff, the incumbent Brazilian president, won just 41.6 % of the vote to move into the second round runoff. The two major opposition candidates, Aecio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB) and Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) collectively garnered 54.9% of the vote. If the opposition was preferred by more than half of the electorate, why was Dilma re-elected in the second round with 51.6 % of the vote? This presentation will argue that Dilma’s party, the Workers’ Party, which was also the party in power during the presidency of Lula da Silva (2003-2010), has created a foundation of support through social and economic policy that has made it difficult for the opposition to win in face to face contests. Prof. Montero will detail the policies that have shaped the current politics of presidential elections in Brazil.

Alfred P. Montero is the Frank B. Kellogg Chair of Political Science at Carleton College. His main research areas are the political economy of South American countries and the quality of democracy. He is the author of Brazil: Reversal of Fortune (Polity Press, 2014), Brazilian Politics: Reforming a Democratic State in a Changing World (PolityPress, 2006), Shifting States in Global Markets: Subnational Industrial Policy in Contemporary Brazil and Spain (Penn State University Press, 2002), and he is co-editor with David J. Samuels of Decentralization and Democracy in Latin America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004).

Sponsored by The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) and the Political Science Department. For more information please contact Virginia Oliveros, volivero@tulane.edu or 504.865.5166.

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