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Atualidade de Raymundo Faoro

Author(s): Schwartzman Simon

Journal: Dados - Revista de Ciências Sociais
ISSN 0011-5258

Volume: 46;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 207;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Raymundo Faoro | bureaucratic stratum | Os Donos do Poder

Raymundo Faoro, deceased in 2003, was one of the pioneers in the use of Max Weber's sociology for interpreting the formation of the Brazilian political system. In Os Donos do Poder (The Owners of Power), first published in 1958, Faoro launched the thesis that ever since its colonial period Brazil has always been dominated by a ''bureaucratic stratum'' with its origins in the peculiar characteristics of the Portuguese state, thus contradicting the previously dominant view that Brazil had experienced a feudal past dominated by traditional rural power. He thus opened the way for the Brazilian political system to be studied and interpreted in terms of its own political and institutional variables and no longer merely in terms of class interests and conflicts. However, according to Faoro, this domination by the bureaucratic stratum was a perennial, immutable characteristic of Brazil, a view that ended up limiting his analyses, even as he became an activist against all forms of Brazilian authoritarianism.
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