Deconstructing the post-neoliberal state

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

The intellectual and political challenge of understanding the Brazilian state is heightened by the lack of a clear, singular label to apply to it, the state contains policies, programs, and politics that appear from the outside to be contradictory. The past three presidential administrations in Brazil are best understood as 'post-neoliberal' in the sense that they ran on electoral platforms rejecting neoliberalism. Many of these governments have stitched together new platforms that maintain key elements of neoliberalism, such as decentralization, free markets, and privatization, as they add new dimensions of social policy that seem to counter or at least soften the Washington Consensus.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wolford, W; French, JD

Published Date

  • March 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 4 - 21

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-678X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-582X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0094582X15623766

Citation Source

  • Scopus