Brazil at a Crossroads: Political Economy, the Coronavirus, and Democracy


Michael Chibba

Published: June 2020


The comprehensive impact of the coronavirus has prompted Brazil’s political economy to take shape in a manner which is exposing actions that are not founded on good governance but rather on shenanigans, political manoeuvring and the promotion of personal agendas. This is placing its presidency under stress and Brazil’s young democracy is in peril. At the local and regional levels, democracy, governance and political economy are mired in corruption and crime. Using World Bank data, it is illustrated that perhaps only under Lula’s Presidency (2003–10) was multifaceted progress in development achieved.



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