BRAZIL: An Unfolding Tragedy


Peter Evans looks at the roots and processes leading to the overthrow of Brazil's Rousseff government.

The full-blown political tragedy of Brazil’s 2018 presidential elections was only lurking as a frightening possibility when Dilma Rousseff (President of Brazil, 2011-2016) gave her speech at UC Berkeley in April 2018. Nonetheless, her address provided a cogent summary of the perverse dynamics that led to the outcome of the October 2018 elections. President Rousseff offered us an analysis of the startling series of transitions that have transformed Brazil in four short years since her election, drawing on her experience as a central actor in the drama, her expertise as a political economist, and her political commitment to building a more politically and economically equitable Brazil.

Publication date: 
August 15, 2018
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article