Brazil Studies Program: "Brazil in Crisis"


Thursday, March 3, 2016, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South S-030, 1730 Cambridge St.

Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Government; Faculty Chair, DRCLAS Brazil Studies Program, Harvard University
Ben Ross Schneider, Ford International Professor of Political Science; Director, MIT Brazil Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Brazil under the PT presided over a major economic expansion, advanced social inclusion, appeared to strengthen democratic institutions, and became a regional and global leader in the revival of industrial policy and state capitalism. Today, Brazil is experiencing profound political and economic crises. This seminar addresses the underlying institutional strengths and weaknesses that led Brazil to the current crises, and draws attention to areas to watch in the near future.

Frances Hagopian is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Visiting Associate Professor for Brazil Studies in the Department of Government and Faculty Chair of the Brazil Studies Program. Hagopian is author of  Reorganizing Representation in Latin America (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press), editor of Religious Pluralism, Democracy, and the Catholic Church in Latin America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009), co-editor (with Scott Mainwaring) of The Third Wave of Democratization in Latin America: Advances and Setbacks (Cambridge 2005), and author of Traditional Politics and Regime Change in Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her current work focuses on the establishment of a social welfare regime in Brazil, and inequality in Latin America. She previously taught at the University of Notre Dame, where she was Director of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

Ben Ross Schneider is Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT and director of the MIT-Brazil program.  Prior to moving to MIT in 2008, Schneider taught at Princeton University and Northwestern University.  His books include Business Politics and the State in 20th Century Latin America, Hierarchical Capitalism in Latin America, Designing Industrial Policy in Latin America:  Business-Government Relations and the New Developmentalism (2015), and New Order and Progress: Development and Democracy in Brazil (forthcoming in March 2016).  He also has written on topics such as economic reform, democratization, the developmental state, education, labor markets, and business groups.