Assessing the Brazilian Workers’ Party

Looking back at thirteen years of ambiguous reform and one swift counteroffensive.

Portrait of Lula

Illustratio by Daniël Roozendaal

The Brazilian Workers’ Party’s (PT) seemed to be a shining example of how to seize power and govern in the interest of working people. Lula’s victory in 2002 and reelection in 2006 were often hailed as a triumph of pragmatic social-democratic governance in the developing world. Though the Brazilian left had already split over the […]

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