Lunch Briefing

Tuesday 16 October 2018, 12:30 - 13:30

Brazilian elections 2018: dilemmas of an unequal democracy

Graziella Moraes Silva, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Auditorium A1B
Maison de la paix, Geneva

In the late 1980s, democratisation brought high expectations to Brazil. Seven presidential elections, two presidential impeachments and numerous corruptions scandals later, Brazilian democracy has become a disappointment to many. According to the 2016 Latinobarometer, only 32% of Brazilians support democracy as the best political system and 55% say they would not object to a nondemocratic government if it “solved problems.”

This Lunch Briefing will explore the relationship between this disappointment with democracy and persistent high socioeconomic inequalities in Brazil. How has inequality shaped the dynamics of the 8th Brazilian presidential election? And how might the results impact the future dynamics of these inequalities in terms of their economic, gender, racial and political dimensions, crucial for the future of this large unequal democracy.      

Graziella Moraes Silva joined the Graduate Institute in 2016. Between 2011 and 2016, she was based at the Department of Sociology of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil and remains affiliated with the Graduate Programme in Sociology and Anthropology (PPGSA) and to the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Inequality (NIED) at the same university.  Dr. Moraes Silva earned her PhD and Master’s degrees in sociology at Harvard University. She works on the intersection between inequality studies and cultural sociology.  Her current research projects focus on comparative race relations and the elite’s perceptions of poverty and inequality.