Brazil Following the Presidential Elections

Panel Discussion on Presidential Elections in Brazil on November 10, 2014, at Freie Universität Berlin

№ 384/2014 from Nov 04, 2014

The Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) at Freie Universität Berlin is hosting a panel discussion on November 10, 2014, devoted to the impact the re-election of Dilma Rousseff as Brazil's President. The participants will discuss the impact on the policy and economy of the country as well as the reasons for the close election results. The discussion will be moderated by sociologist Renata Motta, a researcher at LAI. The discussants will include Sérgio Costa, a professor of the sociology of Latin America, LAI; Barbara Fritz, a professor of economics at LAI; and the visiting professor Lucio R. Rennó, a political scientist at Universidade de Brasilia. They will analyze the election campaign, election results, and their consequences for Brazil. The discussion will be held in German and English. The event is open to anyone who is interested, and admission is free.

In the runoff election for the Presidency of Brazil on October 26, the incumbant Dilma Rousseff of the left-wing Workers' Party was re-elected. Her new term of office will start on January 1, 2015. Her opponent was a Social Democrat Aécio Neves, who had joined the campaign on a more liberal economic model. The election was very close, with Dilma Rousseff wining 51.45 per cent of the votes.

Sérgio Costa is a professor of sociology at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on social inequality, cultural differences and democracy, and racism and anti-racism.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Fritz teaches economics at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research focuses on international macroeconomics, as well as monetary and fiscal affairs in relation to developing and emerging countries.

Lucio R. Rennó is the Sérgio Buarque de Holanda Visiting Professor at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. He cooperates closely with the desiguALdades.net research network, which is based at LAI. His research interests include political institutions, electoral behavior and public opinion, and the analysis of social inequalities in Latin America.

Renata Motta is a researcher at the Department of Sociology at the Institute for Latin American Studies. Her research focuses on social inequalities in the various regions of the world as well as social conflicts and movements in Latin America.

Time and Location

  • Monday, November 10, 2014, 6 p.m.
  • Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Room 201, Rüdesheimerstr. 54-56, 14197 Berlin; subway station: Breitenbachplatz (U3)

Further Information

  • Prof. Dr. Barbara Fritz, Division of Economics, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-53063, Email: bfritz@zedat.fu-berlin.de
  • Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa, Division of Sociology, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-55446, Email: sergio.costa@fu-berlin.de