Economic Crisis and State Reform in Brazil

Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira

Boulder, Co.: Lynne Rienner Publishers. Publicado em português pela Editora 34, São Paulo, 1996.

Just the table and contents and the preface here available.

The crisis of the state interpretation of the Brazilian economic and political crises starting in 1979. (Lynne Rienner Publishers) This is a book about the economic crisis that seized Brazil and the rest of Latin America in the 1980s, its political consequences, and the economic reforms that were begun in the mid-1980s but that remain incomplete a decade later.

From his vantage point as both an academic economist and a political insider, Bresser Pereira explains Brazil s - and more generally, Latin America s - economic problems in terms of a crisis of the state. Finding the paradigms of structuralism and dependency no longer useful in the face of the issues of the 1980s and 1990s, and rejecting neoliberalism as a solution, his crisis of the state approach seeks a new synthesis, advocating a pragmatic, social-democratic strategy for reform.

Fiscal adjustment and structural reforms, argues Bresser Pereira, should not be seen as attempts to minimize state intervention, but instead as reforms of the state, with the ultimate goal of rebuilding it.

Introduction: The Search for a New Interpretation

Part 1. Interpreting the Crisis
- Interpretations and Strategies
- The Crisis of the State Approach
- The Cycles of the State

Part 2. The Fiscal Crisis
- Crisis and Change
- Perverse Macroeconomics
- The Debt Crisis
- Hyperinflation

Part 3. The Political Dimension
- Crisis and Renewal in the Left
- Political Obstacles to Economic Reform
- The Collor Administration: Recurrent Political Crises
- The Citizenship Contradiction

Part 4. Formulating a Successful Strategy of Reform
- Economic Reforms in Abnormal Times
- A Dramatic Attack on Inflation
- Attempts to Stabilize
- Successful Reforms
- The International Perspective
- Toward a New Political Pact


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