Political Leadership and Economic Reform

Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Eduardo Graeff

in The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Political Economy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199747504
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Political Leadership and Economic Reform

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This article sets out a particular view of recent efforts to consolidate democracy in Brazil while controlling inflation and resuming economic growth. At the same time, it presents some thoughts on the limits but also the relevance of action by political leaders to set a course and circumvent obstacles to that process. Here and there, references are made to the experiences of other Latin American countries, especially Argentina, Chile, and Mexico, not to offer a full-fledged comparative analysis but merely to note contrasts and similarities that may shed light on the peculiarities of the Brazilian case and suggest themes for a more wide-ranging exchange of views.

Keywords: democracy; Brazilian economy; inflation; economic growth; political leaders

Article.  15321 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Public Economics ; Economic Development and Growth

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