Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world, with a territory bigger than the continental United States, a population greater than Russia's, and an economy smaller than that of only nine other countries. It has also experienced enormous economic, political, and social change in its modern history, including wrenching industrialization, urbanization, and economic growth; oscillation between military and civilian rule; mass movements demanding a variety of civil, political, and economic rights; and complicated and contested constitutional, legal, and political reforms. In 2011, Dilma Rousseff, the successor of Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva, was inaugurated as President of Brazil, ushering in a new "post-Lula" era. This module is designed to introduce students to the government and politics of Brazil, with particular emphasis on the challenge of economic development and contemporary public policy in a number of areas.
Professor Anthony Pereira
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