Brazil, occupying nearly 50 percent of the South American continent, has the largest ecomy and is a major political power in Latin America. In this updated and expanded fifth edition of his text, Roett provides a thorough introduction to the dynamics shaping Brazilian politics, ecomics, and society, the difficult transition from military to civilian government in the 1980s, and the social issues facing Brazilian leaders as the country enters the 21st century. As Roett makes clear, despite years of ecomic growth and industrialization, by the late 1990s, Brazil still faces continued and growing challenges to its social cohesiveness and stability. Without greater attention to the basic needs of the Brazilian poor, the fabric of democracy in the New Republic faces formidable challenges. A thorough and engaging resource for all students and scholars of contemporary Latin America and, more specifically, Brazil.
RIORDAN ROETT is the Sarita and Don Johnston Professor and Director of the Western Hemisphere Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. He has authored or edited numerous works on Brazil's political development, including The Politics of Foreign Aid in the Brazilian Northeast, Brazil in the Seventies, and four previous editions of Brazil: Politics in a Patrimonial Society (Praeger).