Dirty hands, broken car wash: anti-corruption and the Brazilian crisis

As I’ve argued since the beginning of the year, the Lava Jato investigation is one of two things: either a limited initiative that stops after ensnaring its primary targets, or a thoroughgoing campaign-cum-crusade that ends up eviscerating the whole political class. It’s hard to decide which would be preferable. The one would be, effectively, a highly Continue reading Dirty hands, broken car wash: anti-corruption and the Brazilian crisis

Democracy, Corruption and Trust

On the municipal election results… Brazil’s first elections since Dilma’s impeachment are already being reported as a ‘slap‘ to the Workers’ Party (PT). This was always going to be the case. The governing party bore the brunt of anti-corruption protests, the Lava Jato investigations, and responsibility for recession. More interesting is the rise of another force Continue reading Democracy, Corruption and Trust

So was it a coup then?

Right-wing protests in 2015 loudly demanded Dilma’s ouster. The left consequently rallied around não vai ter golpe! – “there will be no coup!” With Dilma now impeached, protests resound to Fora Temer and Diretas Já! – “Temer Out” and “Direct Elections Now!” In turn, O Globo newspaper responded with an editorial Sunday (18/09) arguing that, in fact, new elections would be Continue reading So was it a coup then?

A family tree of Brazilian political parties (aka “they f*** you up, your mum and dad”)

This is a handy guide to the convoluted multiplication of political parties in Brazil since the return to democracy at the end of the 1980s. The post if worth a gander if you read Portuguese (I’ve translated it into English below). The fungibility of politicians and parties makes the political scene hard to follow. Ideological anchors are Continue reading A family tree of Brazilian political parties (aka “they f*** you up, your mum and dad”)