Lula’s Second Act

Issue Date January 2023
Volume 34
Issue 1
Page Numbers 126–40
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A highly polarized Brazilian electorate went to the polls in October 2022. Workers’ Party candidate and former president (2003–2010) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva narrowly defeated far-right incumbent president Jair Bolsonaro, while unprecedented numbers of right-wing candidates won seats for the National Congress as well as governorships across Brazil. Constitutionalism prevailed, defying concerns that the illiberal Bolsonaro would reject an electoral loss and call upon the military to back an antisystem challenge. Although a democratic alternation in power will occur, governance will be difficult. Lula will not enjoy the political and economic conditions that facilitated the successful governance strategies he employed previously.

About the Authors

Wendy Hunter

Wendy Hunter is professor of government at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Timothy J. Power

Timothy J. Power is head of the Social Sciences Division at Oxford University.

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