Electorate hopes for a government that unites growth with inclusion, says professor

Leonardo Avritzer

Leonardo Avritzer

Gabriel Manzano – O Estado de S. Paulo, 8/4/2014

For Avritzer, the challenge of the candidates for the Planalto is to show that they can better the economy without putting social achievements at risk.

The Brazilian electorate is communicating to the candidates for Presidency two clear messages: it wants growth, but without discontinuing the enlargement of social inclusion. “The candidate that convinces the voter that it will continue to stabilize the current (economic) crisis in a manner of greater inclusion and greater increase of the job market will most likely be the one who receives the greatest support,” notes the political scientist Leonardo Avritzer, from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and president of the Brazilian Association of Political Scientists (ABCP).

His evaluation constitutes, in practice, a challenge for the three main candidates for the presidency. In short, President Dilma Rousseff (PT) valued inclusion but the country didn’t grow. Aécio Neves (PSDB) promises changes in the economy but his agenda for inclusion still is unclear. Eduardo Campos (PSB) speaks of reconciling the two halves but has not yet “sold” the message.

For this electoral scene, the impact of the economy on the polls and the social agenda are in the center of discussions of the 9th National Congress of Political Scientists, promoted from today until Thursday, in Brasilia, by the association presided over by Avritzer. The event will bring together 1,100 people in more than 800 lectures and roundtable discussions. In a conversation with O Estado, it created an intersection of the themes of the campaign with those of the meeting, which will receive scholars from Argentina, Chile, and the USA, among others. Following are the main excerpts from the interview. Continue reading “Electorate hopes for a government that unites growth with inclusion, says professor”

Support for Brazil president drops ahead of October vote

Paula Prada – Reuters, 3/27/2014

Popular support for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has faltered ahead of October’s presidential election, a poll showed Thursday, although she remains a favorite to win a second term.

With a sluggish economy, high inflation and a scandal surrounding Brazil’s state-run oil company, Rousseff’s personal approval rating has fallen to 51 percent from 56 percent in November, the survey by the Ibope polling institute and Brazil’s National Industry Confederation showed.

Overall support for her administration fell to 36 percent from 43 percent in the previous poll, while 27 percent of those polled disapproved of the government, compared with 20 percent in November.

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Rousseff remains favorite to win Brazil re-election

Rogerio Jelmayer – The Wall Street Journal, 2/23/2014

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff remains the favorite to win re-election in October with a comfortable lead over possible contenders, according to a poll published Sunday.

The Datafolha polling institute said Ms. Rousseff has recovered much of the support she had lost in the wake of mass street protests in the middle of last year.

Millions of Brazilians demonstrated in cities across the country of 200 million people. They had many complaints, but most were focused on perceived corruption and on the poor quality of public services, such as health care and education.

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Powerful alliance (ecologists and business) emerges to challenge Rousseff

Merco Press, 10/07/2013

“I come to a party with a candidate,” Silva said as she joined the PSB at a ceremony in Brasilia, standing next to Campos, governor of the north-eastern state of Pernambuco and one of the most popular governors of Brazil.

Silva decided to join the PSB after the electoral court refused to register her own party, called Sustainability Network, since it had not collected the minimum number of signatures required by law.

The environmentalist said that Sustainability Network has not yet decided whether she should run for vice president on the ticket with Campos.

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