LASP-428-01 Political Economy of Brazil
Fall for 2017-2018
M. Arruda de Almeida
This seminar is aimed at students interested in learning about Brazil’s quest in the last few decades for political and economic development. We will survey Brazil’s transition from a state-led development economy into a market-oriented one. Assigned texts are primarily drawn from economics and political science. Therefore some knowledge of economic and methodological concepts will be helpful, although it is not a requirement for taking this class.
The course is divided into three parts. In the first part, we will examine some factors that led Brazil to adopt an industrialization strategy based on import-substitution. In the second part, we study the collapse of the import-substitution model and the rise of economic liberalization. In the final section, we will focus on Brazil’s efforts to further liberalize its economy through reforms aimed at strengthening its democratic institutions and improving state capacity. The course will also consider case materials on other Latin American countries that have experienced similar political and economic problems that Brazil has faced. Exposing you to such cases will remind you that the Brazilian experience of economic development cannot be thought of as disconnected from the reality of the rest of the continent.
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