Event Summary: Candidates, Voters, and Bots: The Forces at Play in the October 2018 Brazilian Elections

More than 140 million Brazilian voters will go to the polls on October 7 to choose a new president, 27 governors, and hundreds of representatives at the federal and state levels. It is likely to be the most consequential election that Brazil has seen since the reinstatement of democracy in the 1980s. It is also proving to be one of the hardest to predict, as the electorate remains skeptical of the political class four years into an unprecedented corruption investigation that has now seen the imprisonment of leading political figures and businessmen.

The Future of Argentina: A Conversation with Sergio Massa




As the Argentine economy struggles, next year’s presidential election has become increasingly unpredictable, leaving international investors uncertain about the future of President Mauricio Macri’s economic reform program.

Brutal Stabbing of Candidate Further Clouds an Already Uncertain Presidential Race in Brazil

The article below was updated 9/13/2018 by the author to reflect the latest public opinion polls and recent developments in the presidential campagin in Brazil.

Reaching Brazilian Voters in Presidential Elections: Television and Social Media

Will Women Decide the Brazilian Election? The Potential Impact of Female Voters and Candidates

Women could play a decisive role in determining who wins the presidential race in Brazil this fall. As many as one-third of female voters are currently undecided and half reject the current front-runner, Congressman Jair Bolsonaro. Leading male candidates, ostensibly in an effort to gain women votes, are choosing female running mates.

2018 Brazilian Presidential Elections Debate Schedule

The Dispute Over the Paradigm

The result of the presidential election altered not only the structure of power, but the nature of the political dispute. The citizenry opted for a strong presidency, with all the powers to undertake a structural change of potentially enormous dimensions. Even without anyone knowing, for certain, what the nature and reach of the so-called "fourth transformation" is, the election sparked a revealing debate of both buried emotions and latent resentments in the political and intellectual world. Now all this is seeing the light.

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Lula - Candidate Bio

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