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25 October 2019

Politics, citizenship, inequality and the future of Brazil

What exactly is the state of politics, citizenship and inequality in Brazil? How will these areas affect the future of the country?

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Hear from experts in King's Brazil Institute

UM BRASIL spoke with several academics in King's Brazil Institute to find out more about research-based views on politics, citizenship and inequality in Brazil.

Dr Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho, Professor of Brazilian Studies, King's College London

Professor Carvalho discusses the challenge of building a more representative politics within Brazil, starting with the National Congress. He also explores the movements of political renewal on the internet, the crisis of public security in the country and the political polarisation in the democratic world.

As well as this, Professor Carvalho reflects on the Brazilian identity and the political formation of the citizen.


Dr Octavio Ferraz, Professor of Public Law and Human Rights, King’s College London

Professor Ferraz discusses the need for major legislative and constitutional reforms, the ideological polarisation in Brazil and the United Kingdom, the obstacle of inequality for development, and the role of the state in ensuring social welfare. He also reflects on the Brazilian identity and the political formation of the citizen.


Dr Jeff Garmany, Senior Lecturer of Latin American Studies, University of Melbourne

Dr Garmany discusses his research career studying Brazil, inequality, urban violence, and the growth of evangelicals. He also talks about the effects of the historical past on the current Brazilian problems and criticises the idea that a new constitution is necessary.


UM BRASIL have a collection of interviews with relevant scholars, politicians, policymakers and activists that are thinking about and with Brazil.

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Vinicius  de Carvalho

Reader in Brazilian and Latin American Studies