The mother of all presidential elections in (still) democratic Brazil
- Wednesday 28 September 2022 (13:15-14:15)
Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) and Centre for Elections, Democracy, Accountability and Representation (CEDAR) Seminar
Dawisson Belem Lopes (Federal University of Minas Gerais and St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Having transitioned from a 21-year-long military dictatorship to a full-fledged democracy just three decades ago, Brazil is now faced with a fork in the road. Democratic institutions are believed to be menaced in a very serious way. The pandemic has also undermined the population's ability to unite and take to the streets. One must still consider the overwhelming economic and social crises that followed suit. As far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro runs for re-election, Brazilian citizens have in their hands an opportunity to send him back home. If they don't seize this opportunity, prospects for the largest country of South America to remain a sound democratic regime are not the most encouraging. This talk is aimed to shed light on Brazil's institutional erosion - and how to resist the populist challenge in the country.
Marco Vieira and Tim Haughton