Brazil

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    The Temer government in Brazil lacks the legitimacy required to reform its way back to recovery

The Temer government in Brazil lacks the legitimacy required to reform its way back to recovery

A coordinated political effort to move toward higher labour productivity, higher valued-added activities, and a solid foundation of public education and health services can only be achieved through elections and negotiations between legitimate representatives, writes Mark S. Langevin.

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    The climate has played a crucial role in Brazilian inequality and long-run development

The climate has played a crucial role in Brazilian inequality and long-run development

Climatic differences can create path dependencies even within countries, with local institutions perpetuating inequalities and hurting economic development in the process, writes Evan Wigton-Jones.

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    Slavery’s damaging impact on local institutions and public goods has shaped Brazil’s long-run development

Slavery’s damaging impact on local institutions and public goods has shaped Brazil’s long-run development

The differential impact of slavery across Brazil was largely determined by its influence on the settlement of foreign migrants, who – unlike slaves – had a political voice and could “vote with their feet”, writes Andrea Papadia.

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    When inmates make the rules: self-governing prisons in Latin America and beyond

When inmates make the rules: self-governing prisons in Latin America and beyond

What happens when a state fails to run its prisons? Prisoners in some Latin American jails establish their own governing bodies to keep order, even setting up extralegal courts of their own. But even in the US, understaffing sees gangs running much of everyday prison life, explain David Skarbek and Courtney Michaluk.

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    From unions to social movements, political dynamics in South America have long been driven by waves of incorporation

From unions to social movements, political dynamics in South America have long been driven by waves of incorporation

The idea of a “Left Turn” or a “Pink Tide” tells us little about the rise and fall of left-wing parties today or throughout Latin America’s history.  Though the actors and arenas vary over time, the key lies in understanding successive waves of demands for incorporation from poorer segments of society, argues Federico M. Rossi.

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    Odebrecht in the Amazon: comparing responses to corruption in Latin America

Odebrecht in the Amazon: comparing responses to corruption in Latin America

The Odebrecht scandal reveals not only the extent of corruption in public contracts and elections in Latin America, but also the widely varying capacity and inclination of different political systems to respond, writes Kathryn Hochstetler.

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    Graffiti vs the ‘Beautiful City’: Urban Policy and Artistic Resistance in São Paulo

Graffiti vs the ‘Beautiful City’: Urban Policy and Artistic Resistance in São Paulo

Repeated episodes of graffiti removal, resistance, and responses in São Paulo reveal a subtle shift in the power dynamic between urban artists, the public, and the state, writes Chandra Morrison.

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    Brazilian foreign policy in the Trump era: a chance as much as a challenge

Brazilian foreign policy in the Trump era: a chance as much as a challenge

Trump may represent a challenge to Brazil and multilateralism, but his government also offers unique opportunities for Brazilian foreign policymakers to advance economic integration and expand the nation’s leadership in the international community, writes Mark S. Langevin.

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    El poder de los Cantos Cautivos: la música como contribución a la recuperación de la memoria histórica de la prisión política en Chile y América Latina

El poder de los Cantos Cautivos: la música como contribución a la recuperación de la memoria histórica de la prisión política en Chile y América Latina

La cooperación multinacional de las dictaduras latinoamericanas, sobre todo en el Plan Condor, significa que los intentos de archivar experiencias de la música en prisiones políticas deben también asumir una dimensión internacional, escriben Katia Chornik y J. Patrice McSherry.

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    The power of Captive Songs: music can help recover the historical memory of political detention in Chile and Latin America

The power of Captive Songs: music can help recover the historical memory of political detention in Chile and Latin America

Multinational cooperation between Latin American dictatorships, particularly via Operation Condor, means that digital archiving of musical experiences under political detention must also take on an international dimension, write Katia Chornik and J. Patrice McSherry.