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Lula's development council: Neo-corporatism and policy reform in Brazil

Doctor, Mahrukh



Brazil's recently created Council for Economic and Social Development was designed to enhance democratic governance and socioeconomic development via consultation and dialogue with civil society actors. In its first years of operation, it served to articulate the interests and preferences of political and economic elites, institutionalizing dialogue and in the process enhancing support for policy reform, improving governance, and driving forward democratization. Its substantive achievements were limited, however, by its bias in favor of business and the more developed South, its dependence on the executive, the government's minority status in Congress, and the lack of interest of political elites. As a result, the future of this neo-corporatist institution remains unclear.


Doctor, M. (2007). Lula's development council: Neo-corporatism and policy reform in Brazil. Latin American perspectives, 34(6), 131-148.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Nov 1, 2007
Publication Date Nov 1, 2007
Journal Latin American Perspectives
Print ISSN 0094-582x
Electronic ISSN 1552-678X
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 6
Pages 131-148
Keywords Brazil; Policy reform; Neo-corporatism; Democratization; Development
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