The Political Construction of Brazil

2017. An encompassing analysis of Brazil’s society, economy and politics since the Independence. A national-dependent interpretation. Three historical cycles of the relation state-society: State and Territorial Integration Cycle (1822-1929), Nation and Development Cycle (1930-1977) and Democracy and Social Justice Cycle (1977-2010). Crisis since then. (Book: Lynne Rienner Publishers)

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Macroeconomia Desenvolvimentista

2016. With José Luis Oreiro e Nelson Marconi. Our more complete analysis of Developmental Macroeconomics – the central economic theory within New Developmentalism. (book)

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A new theoretical framework: New Developmentalism

Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira

Challenge, February 4th, 2020

New Developmentalism is a theoretical framework being defined since the early 2000s searching to understand why most middle-income countries are falling behind the East Asian ones. It is a political economy and a development macroeconomics that originates from development economics and Post-Keynesian Macroeconomics. It argues that fast growth and catching up have been associated to developmentalism, not to economic liberalism. It defines the developmental state as the one that not only is engaged in industrial policy but also manages actively the five macroeconomic prices-mainly the interest and the exchange rate to keep competitive economically the companies that are technically efficient. New developmentalism is critical of fiscal indiscipline, while defends countercyclical fiscal policy, and is strongly critical of current account, arguing that growth is made at home. It has a new model of the Dutch disease from which is possible to deduce the means to neutralize it and achieve economic competitiveness.


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