University of São Paulo: Online seminar addresses the political system in Brazil today

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Make a critical assessment of the political system in Brazil today. This is the objective of the webinar The 200 Years of Independence and the Political System , which will be held on Tuesday, September 20, starting at 9:30 am. Organized by the Quality of Democracy Research Group of the Institute for Advanced Studies (IEA) at USP, the event will bring together the authors of articles published in the new edition of Revista USP , which features the dossier Bicentennial of Independence: Politics . The new edition of the magazine – number 134 – is the third part of a tetralogy that discusses Brazil in the year in which the bicentennial of the country’s Independence is celebrated. The seminar is free and will be broadcast on the IEA website. There is no need to register.

The trajectory of democracy in Brazil, the crisis of representation, the party system and the role of the Judiciary are some of the topics covered in Revista USP that will be discussed at the seminar. The need for political reform, the role of the military, the fight against corruption, the environmental issue and social inequality are also topics of the magazine and the seminar. Sociologist Sérgio Abranches and political scientists Lourdes Sola, Jorge Caldeira and Bolívar Lamounier are among the authors of the dossier who will participate in the semina.

The opening of the event, on the 20th, at 9:30 am, will be attended by Professor Guilherme Ary Plonsky, director of the IEA, by journalist Luiz Roberto Serrano, from USP’s Superintendence of Social Communication (SCS) – which publishes Revista USP -, and Professor José Álvaro Moisés, coordinator of the Quality of Democracy Research Group, columnist for Rádio USP (93.7 MHz) and organizer of the dossier Bicentennial of Independence: Politics .


“The celebration of 200 years of Independence offers us an unusual opportunity to take stock of what is good and working and what is wrong and has negative effects on the country’s political life”, says professor José Álvaro Moisés, regarding the dossier USP Magazine and the seminar The 200 Years of Independence and the Political System . “In this sense, the task assumes a critical, generous and comprehensive look that, contemplating the mismatch between the world of politics and the world of society, is able to point out possible solutions. The focus is not on specific governments, but on democratic institutions, rules and mechanisms aimed at both giving citizens a voice and politically processing their preferences and interests.”

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