Brazil's Second Chance: En Route toward the First World by Lincoln Gordon

By Lincoln Gordon

Brazil is presently in a serious part of a decades-long transformation from a patrimonial society--based at the cultivation and export of sugar and coffee--to a modernized business and repair financial system with potent democratic governance. it's the world's 5th greatest countryside in zone and inhabitants, and ranks 8th in overall financial output. considering the fact that international warfare II, Brazil has been a pace-setter in overseas exchange governance and negotiation, enjoying an incredible half in improvement of the GATT and the WTO. at the moment, the rustic is a significant component in negotiations towards a hemispherewide loose alternate quarter of the Americas (FTAA). although, Brazil's political checklist some time past part century has been erratic and it has struggled with excessive inflation and balance-of-payment deficits. during this significant new paintings, a former American ambassador to Brazil examines the social, political, and financial historical past of the rustic because the Nineteen Thirties and discusses no matter if Brazil is now able to suppose a spot as an enormous player between First international nations.

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Adult literacy is defined as persons aged fifteen or older who can read and write. 1900 Indicator Percent Table 1-5. Urbanization and Adult Literacy, 1900–98a    Table 1-6. a. a. Sources: Estatísticas Históricas, p. 50, and Anuário Estatístico (1994), pp. 2–53; for 1996, data reported on the Internet by the Ministry of Health. a. Not available. 17 Some critics regard the anti-inflation policies of the mid-1960s as unduly “orthodox,” responsible for industrial recession and reduction in real wages; their defenders claim that less severe policies could not have broken inflationary expectations and laid a foundation for the high-growth “economic miracle” period of 1968–73.

The modernizers want to break those molds, encouraging domestic competition and opening the economy to foreign competition. ” Against that kind of pessimism, however, must be set the record of development in the twentieth century, especially in the postwar decades. 12 That record gives assurance of Brazil’s potential for complete transformation to first world status, whether or not the potential comes to be realized in the visible future. 11. ” 12. Data calculated from national accounts summarized in Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE), Estatísticas Históricas do Brasil, Séries Estatísticas Retrospectivas, vol.

Several quantitative indicators support that hypothesis. In 1991 Brazil’s population reached the American figure for 1949. Brazil’s per capita income matches the American level early in the twentieth century, as does agriculture’s share of the labor force. The United States reached Brazil’s present levels of electricity production only in 1941. The Brazilian highway network, however, lags much further behind the American, reflecting contrasting geographical settlement patterns and difficulties of terrain.

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