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Author Hunter, Wendy.

Title The transformation of the Workers' Party in Brazil, 1989-2009 / Wendy Hunter
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xv, 236 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: understanding the normalization of the Workers' Party -- Strategic change or organizational persistence?: evolution of the Workers' Party -- Opposition politics: the PT in the Chamber of Deputies -- The PT in municipal government: the pragmatic face of the party -- Striving for the presidency: from opposition to government -- New challenges and opportunities: the PT in government, 2003-2009 -- Analytical implications and comparative perspectives
Summary "Drawing on historical institutionalism and strategic frameworks, this book analyzes the evolution of the Workers' Party between 1989, the year of Lula's first presidential bid, and 2009, when his second presidential term entered its final stretch. The book's primary purpose is to understand why and how the once-radical Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) moderated the programmatic positions it endorsed and adopted other aspects of a more catch-all electoral strategy, thereby increasing its electoral appeal. At the same time, the book seeks to shed light on why some of the PT's distinctive normative commitments and organizational practices have endured in the face of adaptations aimed at expanding the party's vote share. The conclusion asks whether, in the face of these changes and continuities, the PT can still be considered a mass organized party of the left"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Partido dos Trabalhadores (Brazil)
Partido dos Trabalhadores (Brazil)
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Political Parties.
Politics and government
Brazil -- Politics and government -- 1985-2002.
Brazil -- Politics and government -- 2003-
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780511860683