The International Forum for Democratic Studies
at the National Endowment for Democracy
cordially invites you to a presentation entitled
“More Equality, More Democracy: The Case of Brazil”
Maria Clara R. M. do Prado
Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy
with comments by
Director, Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Executive Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies
Thursday, June 26, 2014
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004
RSVP (acceptances only) with name and affiliation by Tuesday, June 24
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During the past three decades, Brazil has simultaneously witnessed its longest period of uninterrupted democracy and seen its citizens’ benefit from unprecedented social mobility. Since the reintroduction of political rights, freedom of speech, and freedom of association in the early 1990s, Brazil has effectively consolidated its democratic gains. In recent years, the country has experienced a significant decline in extreme poverty and, as a result, the middle class has grown substantially. Despite this progress, Brazil’s democracy lacks a crucial element: the participation of millions of citizens who have been excluded from the political process. Today, Brazil remains one of the most unequal countries in the world. In her presentation, Maria Clara R. M. do Prado will examine the relationship between democracy and inequality in Brazil, reflecting on the structural forces and policies that have paved the way for the growth of the middle class. She will discuss the sustainability of Brazil’s “new” middle class and how this development may work to deepen democracy in the country. Her presentation will be followed by comments by Paulo Sotero.
Maria Clara R. M. do Prado is a seasoned journalist, editor, and foreign correspondent covering social, economic, and financial issues across Brazil. She currently serves as a columnist for Brazil’s major economic newspaper, Valor Econômico, and is preparing to launch a news analysis blog. In 1994, she was invited to work as communications coordinator for the economic team that drafted Brazil’s Real Plan, the stabilization project responsible for putting an end to hyperinflation. She is the author of A Real História do Real (2005, in Portuguese), a book about the formulation and implementation of the Real Plan. For her sound reporting on monetary stabilization plans, the Board of Brazilian Economists named her “Economic Journalist of the Year” in 2006. During her fellowship, she is exploring how distributive economic policies have led to the emergence of a “new” middle class in Brazil and investigating how this development may foster a more inclusive democracy. Paulo Sotero is the director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.