Bolsonaro’s Brazil: A Faltering Democracy

November 02, 2018

After a radicalized and violent campaign, Jair Bolsonaro may now put Brazilian democracy itself at risk. On October 28, Brazil elected the extreme-right former congressman, Jair Bolsonaro, as its new president, with almost 60 million votes — 55% of valid votes cast. He defeated his contender,...

Is Jair Bolsonaro the Man for Brazil?

October 26, 2018

Brazil heads to the polls on October 28, with Jair Bolsonaro widely tipped to become the country’s next president. There can be no doubt that Jair Bolsonaro entered Brazil’s presidential campaign as a rank outsider. When it comes to populist anti-establishment politicians making their mark...

Testing Brazil’s Fragile Democracy

September 28, 2018

Economic malaise is pushing Brazilians toward outsider parties in the run-up to the October general election. Brazil has rarely had it so bad. As the 2000s boom in commodity prices waned, the country’s gross domestic product plummeted. Unemployment reached some 12% this year, and there are no...