Brazil after the elections – in which direction?

Lunch seminar with Norwegian and Brazilian speakers.

Language: English

Photo: Sala de Imprensa / flickr


Sign up for the seminar (free of charge an open to all - lunch will be served).


Dilma Rousseff’s narrow victory in the 2014 president elections – 51.6 percent against Aécio Neves’ 48.4 percent – raises several questions.

  • Will the social and regional cleavages between “rich” and “poor” seen in the voting pattern become permanent features of Brazilian politics?
  • Did the elections repeat the old “right wing –left wing” contradictions represented by the moderate Social Democratic Party of Brazil (PSDB) and the more radical Workers’ Party (PT), or have these old ideological labels become anachronisms insufficient to understand the outcomes of the elections?
  • Will the broad coalition supporting the economic and social policies initiated by Lula (and named ‘lulismo’)  continue? Or do the gloomy economic prospects in Brazil and the world economy, combined with Dilma’s weaker leadership capabilities, undermine Lula’s legacy?
  • Will the protests seen in June 2013, and partly expressed in Marina Silva’s ‘green’ and ‘third way’ president campaign, fade away without any lasting impacts on Brazilian politics?


These and other questions will be addressed by:

Einar Braathen, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR)

Torkjell Leira, University of Oslo

Adriana Ramos, Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) - on Skype/Vidyo from Brazil

(Prof. André Singer is unfortunately not able to partisipate.)


See also the article Quo vadis, Brazil? by Einar Braathen.



Published Oct. 30, 2014 3:52 PM - Last modified Nov. 7, 2014 10:29 AM