The Chagas Disease of Brazilian Politics
Antonio Chagas Freitas was a politician who dominated with a clientelist style the politics in Rio de Janeiro between 1970 and 1982. His practices extended to the PMDB and the new parties that emerged after 1979.
Brazil must seek agreed solutions to avoid the misfortunes of the past
Despite Lula’s promises not to increase personnel costs or lose sight of programmatic focus, the large number of ministries distributed among his broad base of parliamentary support smells of mothballs.