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FROM PETISTA WAY TO BRAZILIAN WAY: HOW THE PT CHANGES IN THE ROAD

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Author(s): Benjamin Goldfrank | Brian Wampler

Journal: Revista debates
ISSN 1982-5269

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 245;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Corruption | Political Parties | Workers Party (PT) | Mensalão | Presidential System.

ABSTRACT
When Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva won Brazil’s presidency in 2002, he and his Workers’ Party (PT) had most observers convinced that this was a watershed moment for the country’s democracy. After all, the PT had built a reputation for over twenty years for good government and ethics in politics. Yet Lula’s government has been severely undermined by corruption scandals, which surprised the most cynical PT-watchers and fostered broad disillusionment among many long-time PT supporters. This article lays out four interweaving strands of explanation for the PT’s fall from grace, involving: the high cost ofBrazilian elections, the strategic decisions of the party’s dominant faction, economic constraints on an eventual Lula administration, and the difficulties of multi-party presidential systems.

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