Fernando de Magalhães Papaterra Limongi is a professor of Political Science at the University of São Paulo. He served as chair of the Political Science Department at the University of São Paulo from 2010-2014, and is also the former president of the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP). He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago, was a visiting professor at Yale University from 2008-2009, and has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). Limongi is the foremost expert on political parties in Brazil and has written several books and articles about democracy and development. He was awarded the Gregory Luebert Award in 1997 for the Best Paper in Comparative Politics, the ANPOCS/CNPq Award in 1999 for the Best Book in Social Sciences, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Prize in 2001 for the American Political Science Association Best Book, and the ABCP/Olavo Brasil Lima Jr. Award for Best Paper on Political Science and International Relations.

Project Summary

Brazil faces an unprecedented and unforeseen political crisis of its own making. Not long ago, the country was viewed as a showcase of successful governance, responsible leadership, and substantial social reform. In the last few years, Brazil and its once celebrated progressive leadership have gone astray. Former President Lula faces a series of accusations of misconduct and embezzlement. He is not alone. Most members of the political elite, no matter their party or ideological affiliation, face similar accusations.

At the same time, the virtuous combination of income redistribution with economic development simply evaporated. The state faces an enormous deficit, unemployment has skyrocketed, and the economy continues to struggle through an unprecedented recession, both in depth and duration. What went wrong? How did Brazil fall into such a crisis? How can it climb out?

My aim with this research proposal is to contribute to the public debate revolving around these questions.

Major Publications

A. Executivo e Legislativo na nova ordem constitucional. Rio de Janeiro, Fapesp/Editora FGV, 1999. co-authored with Argelina Figueiredo
Democracy and Development: political institutions and well-being in the world, 1950-1990. Cambridge University Press, 2000. Co-authored with Adam Przeworski, Jose Antonio Cheibub and Michael Alavrez
“Democratic Institutions and regime Survival: Parliamentary and Presidential Democraties Reconsidered”, Annual Review of Political Science, maio, 2002, pp. 151-179. co-authored with Jose Antonio Cheibub