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State Strength in Authoritarian Brazil

Author(s): Manning, Carrie

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Abstract: This essay examines the question of state strength in Brazil during the authoritarian period. Since the exercise is mo- tivated by the larger debate over whether authoritarian government is necessary for economic growth and devel- opment in third world countries, the criteria on which state strength are judged in this essay are specifically related to economic performance. I argue that despite Brazil's eco- nomic performance and the repressive capacity of the state, both policy choice and implementation reflect state weakness rather than strength.
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 85-102
Type of Material: Journal Article
Series/Report no.: Volume 2;
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Public and International Affairs
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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