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Revista de ciencia política (Santiago)

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NUNES, Felipe  and  MELO, Carlos Ranulfo. Impeachment, Political Crisis and Democracy in Brazil. Rev. cienc. polít. (Santiago) [online]. 2017, vol.37, n.2, pp.281-304. ISSN 0718-090X.

The year 2016 was marked by the deepening of the crisis that interrupted two decades of unusual political stability in Brazil. Although it has been the most significant event, Dilma Rousseff's impeachment did little to “stop the bleeding,” as was shown by the subsequent arrest of the former president of the Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha (PMDB), and the unfolding of Operation Car Wash (Lava Jato). Besides the economic problems, the Brazilian political system also faced a serious crisis of legitimacy: the main parties were put in check, and a period of uncertainty regarding electoral and partisan competition opened up. In this article, we will review the sequence of the events, exploring some of the factors that explain it, and, aware of the fact that we are in the middle of process with an undefined outcome, we would like to take advantage of the opportunity to resume the debate on the performance of Brazilian democracy as well its perspectives.

Keywords : democracy; presidentialism; political crisis; presidential interruption; Brazil.

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