Tuesday Seminar Series: Crisis in Brazil


Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speakers: Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard University and

 Fernando Bizzarro Neto, Ph.D. student, Government Department, Harvard University 

Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

This presentation will focus on the economic and political crisis and the corruption scandals in Brazil. In the 2000s, Brazilians and world opinion viewed Brazil as being on a highly promising trajectory. In recent years, the country has endured a grinding recession, one of the biggest corruption scandals in the world history of democracy, the impeachment of a democratically elected president, and the imprisonment of billionaires and powerful politicians. What went wrong?


Scott Mainwaring is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1983 to 2016, where he served as Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies for thirteen years. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Fernando Bizzarro Neto is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Government at Harvard University. For three years, he has been a Research Assistant for the Varieties of Democracy project. His research concentrates on the nature, the causes, and the consequences of political institutions, particularly on political parties, regimes, and their impacts on human and economic development. Originally from Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Fernando has joined Harvard this Fall. 

Co-sponsored by the Brazil Studies Program at DRCLAS.