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Democracy and growth in pre-industrial countries

2017. Pre-industrial countries are supposed to realize their capitalist revolution in a global political famework that requires that they are democratic. But today's rich and middle income countries made it while their regimes was authoritarian. Publicado como Texto para Discussão

Os ricos nunca gostaram e temem a democracia

2015. Long interview. Bresser-Pereira speaks about his life, ideas, and Brazil. (Long interview to Leandro Fontoura, Zero Hora)

Democracia participativa (Folha, 12.6.14)

2014. Liberais afirmam que o decreto sobre participação social implica o risco do surgimento de “um poder paralelo”. Puro nonsense (article: Folha de S.Paulo).

Estado capaz (desenvolvimentista) e democracia em países pré-industriais

2014. The domestic and foreign (imperialism) obstacles that pre-industrial countries face to realize their national and industrial or capitalist revolution. (EESP/FGV discussion paper 367)

Transição, consolidação democrática e revolução capitalista

2011. Transition to democracy can happen before the capitalist revolution, but democratic consolidation depends that it is “completed”, i.e., that economic surplus is appropriated in the market. (Paper: Dados).

Why did democracy become consolidated only in the twentieth century?

2011. (Paper) The final version of this paper is Democracy and capitalist revolution,but I decided to conserve this earlier version.

Democratization and equality

2010. Democratization is the improvement of the quality of democracy. Besides reduction of political inequality, it requires reduction of economic inequality. (Paper for the Festschrift of José Maria Maravall).

Construindo o Estado Republicano

2009. Este livro discute, do ponto de vista histórico, a construção de um “Estado republicano”, ou seja, um Estado forte e capaz, dotado de legitimidade democrática e de eficiência administrativa, e apto a se defender contra indivíduos e grupos poderosos que buscam capturá-lo ou privatizá-lo. Em inglês “Democracy and Public Management Reform”. (Book: Editora FGV)

Democracia possível e Estado capaz na América Latina

2009. A consolidated democracy requires a capable state, a strong nation and an active civil society. The quality of democracy must be improved but it is a mistake to o include in the concept of democracy more than its minimum, procedural, requirements. (Paper)

Por que a democracia se tornou dominante e consolidada apenas no século XX?

2008. Only in early twentieth century the bourgeoisie accepted democracy. The new historical fact that led to to democracy was the capitalist revolution. The final version of this paper is Democracy and capitalist revolution.

Capitalismo dos técnicos e democracia

2005. The rise of the professional middle class, knowledge as the new strategic factor of production, and democracy. English version available. (Paper: Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais)

Democracia republicana e participativa

2005. Participative and republican democracy is the third historical form of democracy – a form that is just emerging. Previously we had “elites democracy”, and “public opinions democracy”, which is the present dominant form. (Paper: Novos Estudos CEBRAP)*

O Surgimento do Estado Republicano

2004. The new state that is emerging in the developed countries is a republican state in so far as it is increasingly capable of protecting itself from rent-seeking or its capture by private interests. (Paper: Lua Nova)*

Professionals capitalism and democracy

2004. The rise of the professional middle class, knowledge as the new strategic factor of production, and the implications for democracy. The correspondent concept of capital.Portuguese version available.(Paper in book honoring J. K. Galbraith).

Democracia de opinião pública

Helio Jaguaribe (2004) “Democracy of public opinion”. Paper in the Festricht of Bresser-Pereira, Em Busca do Novo. (Paper in edited book)