La violencia ejercida por organizaciones criminales como Primeiro Comando da Capital y el Comando Vermelho en Brasil se considera normalmente una forma de demostrar poder o inspirar miedo. La regulación de esta violencia a menudo ocurre a través de pactos criminales que pueden establecerse entre estos actores o también involucrar al Estado. Estos pactos no necesariamente sirven para eliminar la […]
Reassessment of the Itaipú Treaty and ‘brasiguayo’ political power could reshape Paraguay’s relationship with Brazil
Since the end of the Stroessner dictatorship in 1989, the surge in Brazilian economic, political, and cultural influence has been so pronounced as to make Paraguay almost a client state of its more powerful neighbour. This is clearest in the unequal outcomes of the Itaipú Treaty on joint hydroelectricity generation and in the untrammelled political power of Brazilian-Paraguayan agribusiness in […]
Climate change will intensify the spread of dengue fever in Brazil and beyond, and the poor will be worst hit
Dengue fever has made a resurgence since efforts to eradicate the disease in the 1970s, and future rises in temperatures and rainfall will only amplify this trend. Governments need to act now and adopt pre-emptive measures that will protect their citizens, especially the most vulnerable, writes Ana de Menezes (LSE Department of Geography and Environment), winner of the LSE-IDB Postgraduate Essay Prize 2018.
Taking a look at ten of our of most popular blogs from 2018, it’s clear that it has been a year of major upheaval in the region. Key issues have been the diverging populisms of AMLO’s Mexico and Bolsonaro’s Brazil, the crumbling of two-party politics in El Salvador, and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.
But wider trends have also persisted, as reflected in China’s growing […]
Revolt of the peripheries in Brazil: why low-income voters in wealthy regions swung from the PT to Bolsonaro
Shifts in the social and institutional conditions of the urban peripheries of Brazil’s major cities have altered political subjectivities and weakened affinities with the once-dominant Workers’ Party of Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff. With a “revolt of the peripheries” brewing, Bolsonaro was able exploit his comparative rhetorical advantage and win the presidency despite making few real commitments to address the […]