For years, successive governments in Brazil grappled with the vexing issues of unequal distribution of wealth and runaway inflation. In the 1990s, long-overdue reforms began to help tame inflation, streamline bloated and ineffective government and address chronic social ills. But problems and questions remain: Why is Brazil still so poor, and why is inequality so intransigent? Were some reforms counter-productive, or could they have been implemented better?
Reforming Brazil is a thought-provoking examination of these and other important issues facing Brazil today, from privatization and agrarian reform to entrepreneurial programs and hemispheric integration. Written by 11 Brazilianist scholars from a range of disciplines and intellectual traditions, the book offers compelling new insights for international policymakers, economists and scholars of Brazil.
Mauricio Font’s introduction Dawn of a New Era.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Part I: Introduction
Dawn of a New Era
Mauricio A. Font
1. The Reform Agenda
Anthony Peter Spanakos
Part II: Reforms
2. Monetary and Fiscal Reforms
3. Privatization: Reform through Negotiation
Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida
4. Social Policy Reform
5. Agrarian Reform
6. Political Reform: The “Missing Link”
Part III: Institutions, Actors, and Regional Context
7. Competitive Federalism and Distributive Conflict
8. Industrialists and Liberalization
9. Entreprenueurs: The PNBE
Eduardo Rodrigues Gomes and Fabrícia C. Guimarães
10. Working-Class Contention
11. Brazil and Hemispheric Integration
João Paulo Machado Peixoto