The Political Construction of Brazil

2017. An encompassing analysis of Brazil’s society, economy and politics since the Independence. A national-dependent interpretation. Three historical cycles of the relation state-society: State and Territorial Integration Cycle (1822-1929), Nation and Development Cycle (1930-1977) and Democracy and Social Justice Cycle (1977-2010). Crisis since then. (Book: Lynne Rienner Publishers)

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Macroeconomia Desenvolvimentista

2016. With José Luis Oreiro e Nelson Marconi. Our more complete analysis of Developmental Macroeconomics – the central economic theory within New Developmentalism. (book)

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The crisis of the state approach to Latin America

Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira

São Paulo: Instituto Sul-Norte, Texto para Discussão no.1, novembro 1993. Este texto é uma versão preliminar do meu capítulo no livro com Maravall e Przeworski, Economic Reforms in New Democracies, 1993)


After the II World War a first paradigmatic interpretation of Latin America emerged: the national-bourgeois model of industrialization via import-substitution. Amidst the crisis of the 60s, a new paradigmatic moment for interpreting Latin America was defined in terms of the new dependency theory. Following the 80s' crisis and the advance of neo-liberalism, perhaps a new synthesis is in the process of developing, which we might call the "interpretation of the crisis of the state" or the "European social-democrat interpretation" or "pragramatic East-Asian interpretation" should we choose to emphasize the development strategies implicit therein.


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