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Religion and Democracy: How Partisanship and Religious Affiliation Impact Democratic Participation in Brazil

Date & Time

Feb. 25, 2020
9:30am – 11:00am

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Religion and Democracy: How Partisanship and Religious Affiliation Impact Democratic Participation in Brazil

The 2018 national elections in Brazil underscored the growing political influence of religious leaders even as it highlighted growing dissatisfaction with Brazil’s political class. Yet scholars are only now beginning to examine the impact of religion on representation, politics and democracy in Brazil, even as the political and religious landscape has transformed drastically in recent decades.

On Tuesday, February 25th the Brazil Institute will host a discussion on the implications of religious engagement for democratic participation and partisanship with Dr. Amy Erica Smith, author of Religion and Brazilian Democracy: Mobilizing the People of God. Dr. Smith draws on interviews, survey data, and experimental results to provide a comprehensive account of the nuanced dynamics of religion and politics in Brazil. She will be joined by political scientist Margaret Keck, author of The Workers' Party and Democratization in Brazil and coauthor of Greening Brazil: Environmental Activism in State and Society.

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Brazil Institute

Since its founding in 2006, the Brazil Institute has served as a highly respected and credible source of research and debate on key issues of bilateral concern between Brazil and the United States. The primary role of the Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—is to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and U.S. institutions in the public and private sectors, as well as in academia and between citizens.  Read more