"Authoritarian Brazil" by Alfred Stepan

Authoritarian Brazil Origins, Policies, and Future Alfred Stepan

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
10 Sep 1976
ISBN:
9780300019919
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
277 pages: 203 x 130mm

The development model followed by the military regime that came to power in Brazil in 1964 is one of the most controversial among the less developed countries.  The regime’s authoritarian structure, combined with a GNP growth rate that is one of the highest in the world, raises extremely disturbing yet fundamental questions about the relation between political authoritarianism and economic dynamism. 

 

In this book, social scientists from three continents assess the major political and economic characteristics of the Brazilian model.  Because events there have important implications for other countries, throughout the volume there is a deliberate search for new conceptual frames of reference to help put the Brazilian process in a larger comparative perspective.  Because of the important normative issues raised by the Brazilian style of development, there is also an attempt to be explicit about what values the regime promotes and what values it denies. 

 

Each of the contributors is a distinguished scholar in his field.  They are Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Alber Fishlow, Juan J. Linz, Samuel Morley, Philippe C. Schmitter, Thomas E. Skidmore, Gordon W. Smith, and Alfred Stepan.  From their different perspectives, they help us to understand how political repression and economic boom have gone hand in hand in this important Latin American country. 

"From a workshop on contemporary Brazil, Alfred Stepan has collected and edited seven essays that, on balance, constitute a significant contribution. The focus is on: the origins of the authoritarian regime; the political economy of authoritarian Brazil; the political future of authoritarian Brazil, including provocative essays by political scientist Philippe Schmitter and sociologist Juan Linz. For their insights, understanding, analysis, explanation, and useful interpretation, these essays are essential reading for student and scholar alike."?Journal of Politics


"Seven long and gernally competent essays by well-known scholars explore the origins of the post-1964 regime, its political economy, and the institutional alternatives and possibilities that lie ahead."?Foreign Affairs


"This interdisciplinary work by noted scholars will be welcomed by Latin Americanists. . . . It deals with economic and social aspects of growth and authoritarianism, exploring from many different angles the effects of a repressive central power on the national expansion. . . . Interesting reading?and the bibliographic footnotes are very valuable."?Library Journal


"A variety of approaches to Brazilian development are offered in Authoritarian Brazil, the fruit of an interdisciplinary workshop held at Yale University in 1971. The essays are presented in three sections, concerned respectively with the origins of the present regime, its political economy, and its future. . . . This is an important volume?indeed the contributors are among the forefront of our Brazilianists."?Hispanic-American Historical Review


"In Authoritarian Brazil the foremost experts on Brazil, historians, economists and political sociologists, present their most recent work, and togehter they attempt to introduce greater conceptual clarity into out thinking about contemporary Brazil. . . . The results are impressive, and this collection forms the most important of the recent contributions to our understanding of Brazil."?International Affairs


"How are we to judge the Brazilian model? Does an underdeveloped country have to adopt an authoritarian system and impose heavy burdens on the masses in order to achieve economic development? . . . This recent collection of articles edited by Stepan provides a number of valuable insights and much useful data for persons trying to come to grips with Brazilian reality. . . . A valuable and scholarly contribution to the literature on post-1964 Brazil."?Journal of Developing Areas