Part I: Approaches, Actors, and DynamicsChapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. The Brazilian State Since VargasChapter 3. State Developmentalism: Continuity and Uncertainty
Chapter 4. New Directions in Public Policy and State-Society RelationsChapter 5. Crisis and Beyond: Responses and ProspectsChapter 6. Bureaucrats, Parties, and Interest GroupsChapter 7. Political Reform: A "Never-Ending Story"Chapter 8. Civil Society Discourses and Practices in Porto Alegre
Part II: Social and Cultural DimensionsChapter 9. Pension Reform in Brazil: Addressing a Social PactChapter 10. Feminism, the State, and Gender EqualityChapter 11. Nation-State Consolidation and Cultural Patrimony
Part III: Financial Crisis and ResponseChapter 12. The Financial Services IndustryChapter 13. Regulation and Compliance: Anti-Money LaunderingChapter 14. Financialization, Crisis, and a "New" Mania in Brazil
Part IV: Shifting Global RelationsChapter 15. Brazil and the Transatlantic CommunityChapter 16. Regional Integration: Political Uses of Energy Policy
Maucio Font and Laura Randall's The Brazilian State: Debate and Agenda provides a fascinating multi-leveled examination of Brazilian political institutions and policies. Bringing together leading Brazilian and North American scholars in this field, the book provides a depth of insights rarely found in other English-language texts on the state and policymaking in Latin America's largest country. This volume makes important contributions to the debate on political institutions in Brazil and to issues in Latin America more generally.
The Brazilian State: Debate and Agenda is an up-to-date analysis of the state in the "new developmentalism" of Brazil. It provides us with excellent research on the political, social, economic, and cultural evolution of Brazil, especially since 2005. This highly readable book is well edited by noted authors Font and Randall and will serve as a classroom text and also will be suitable for a general audience. To understand Brazil today and to speculate about its future, this book is essential.
This timely volume explores how Brazil avoided the extremes of left and right to become a pragmatic model of democratic development. Brazil's success in combining macroeconomic stability with economic growth and expanded social programs is an inspiration to a world that is rejecting extremist nostrums and authoritarian excuses. These well researched essays show how the Brazilians did it, and what remains to be done, both in Brazil and throughout the developing world.