1st Latin American Dialogue: Brazilian Elections 2018 GIMLA hosts the first round of interviews with selected guest-scholars who brought to you their views on the topic of the 2018 Brazilian General Elections. Introduction to Brazilian Elections An overview table of the main presidential candidates´ political platforms: Anthony Pereira: Lasting Impacts of the Brazilian Military Professor Anthony Pereira is the Director of King’s Brazil Institute at King’s College in London. His research interests include comparative politics, democracy and authoritarianism, political regimes and regime change, military rule, social movements, new institutions of accountability in Brazilian public security, Brazil's political, economic, and social transformation in the 20th and early 21st century. He received his Ph.D from Harvard in 1991. Recommended readings - The US Role in the 1964 Coup in Brazil: A reassessment, Anthony Pereira - Political (in)justice: authoritarianism and the rule of law in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, Anthony Pereira - Explaining Judicial Reform Outcomes in New Democracies: The Importance of Authoritarian Legalism in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, Anthony Pereira Eduardo Mello: Inequalities and Political Establishment Eduardo Mello is an assistant professor of politics and international relations at Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil. His research interests include governance, poverty reduction, the political economy of education, electoral clientelism, the provision of public goods, and political corruption. In particular, Dr. Mello is currently working on a large-scale research project on the political and economic factors driving levels of political corruption in new democracies. He received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. Recommended readings - Brazil: The costs of multiparty presidentialism, Eduardo Mello & Matias Spektor - How to fix Brazil: Breaking an addiction to bad government, Eduardo Mello & Matias Spektor - Disloyal Brokers and weak parties, Lucas M. Novaes - Why nations fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, Daron Acemoglu & James A. Robinson Janina Onuki: The Role of Women in Politics Professor Janina Onuki is the Director of the Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo (USP). Her research interests include external policy analysis, in particular considering international regimes, regional integration, and public opinion. She earned her Master and PhD degrees in political science from the University of São Paulo. Marta Arretche: Insiders and Outsiders – Inclusive Democratization Marta Arretche is Professor at the Political Science Department of the University of São Paulo (USP) and Director of the Centro de Estudos da Metropole (Center for Metropolitan Studies). Her research interests are in the area of comparative institutional analysis, including studies about inequality and comparative social systems analysis. She earned her Master and PhD degrees from the University of Campinas, and her post-doc from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Recommended Readings Inequality and Governance in the Metropolis: Place Equality Regimes and Fiscal Choices in Eleven Counties, Jeffrey Sellers, Marta Arretche, Daniel Kubler & Eran Razin Federalism, Social Policy and reductions in territorial inequality in Brazil, Marta Arretche Center for Metropolitan Studies Florian Hoffmann: Elections in Brazil from an International Perspective Florian Hoffmann is a Professor of Law in the Law Department of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and an associate researcher in the Núcleo de Direitos Humanos (Human Rights Center) of that Department. Prior to this he was the Franz Haniel Chair of Public Policy (2010-2016) and the Director of the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy (2012-2015) at the University of Erfurt (Germany). Before this he taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (2008-2010) and the PUC-Rio (2003-2008). His work has generally focused on the interface between law and politics, with his main research interest having been in international law and human rights and particularly the interface between law and development. He has published, inter alia, on the UN and human rights, economic and social rights and international legal theory – he is, with Anne Orford, the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook on the Theory of International Law (2016). Recommended Readings More information about Prof. Florian Hoffmann. Stay tuned. More lectures to be uploaded soon.