Developmental class coalitions: historical experiences and prospects

Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira e Marcus Ianoni

Paper prepared for international symposium Growth, Crisis and Democracy: The Political Economy of Social Coalitions and Policy Regime Change, organized by Waseda University and the European University Institute, Firenze, November 2014; revised February 2015. Texto para Discussão EESP/FGV n. 386, março 2015.


This paper discusses the concept of class coalitions as a partial alternative to class struggle in understanding capitalist societies; defines two basic class coalitions - the developmental and the liberal ones; presents briefly three paradigmatic developmental class coalitions - the mercantilist, the Bismarckian, and the social-democratic (or of the golden years of capitalism); and uses this theoretical framework to understand contemporary capitalism in the post neoliberal years - the years that follow the 2008 global financial crisis.



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