S05E09: Ricar­do Regatieri on Brazil­ian Elec­tions: Bol­sonar­ism and Its Aftermath 

How has the suc­cess of an extreme author­i­tar­i­an fig­ure like Bol­sonaro been enabled by the polit­i­cal field in Brazil? What is the tra­jec­to­ry of the Brazil­ian left, rep­re­sent­ed by PT, ‘The Work­ers’ Par­ty’, led now to vic­to­ry by Pres­i­dent-elect Lula? Lula’s return to pow­er marks a fresh start for democ­ra­cy in Brazil, but it also comes at a time of major geopo­lit­i­cal trans­for­ma­tions. What are the pos­si­bil­i­ties and con­straints for Brazil in a glob­al polit­i­cal are­na marked by the triple crises of the post-COVID econ­o­my, cli­mate change, and height­ened mil­i­tary ten­sions? What is the role of the Brazil­ian judi­cia­ry in the fight against corruption?

Guests fea­tured in this episode:

Ricar­do Regatieri, pro­fes­sor of soci­ol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bahia, Brazil. He also teach­es in the Grad­u­ate Pro­gram in Social Sci­ences and is one of the lead­ers of PER­IFER­I­C­AS – Research Group on Social The­o­ries, Moder­ni­ties and Colo­nial­i­ties at the same uni­ver­si­ty. Ricar­do was a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cape Verde, as well as a research pro­fes­sor at Korea Uni­ver­si­ty and a lec­tur­er at Han­kuk Uni­ver­si­ty, both in Seoul, South Korea. 

Ricar­do has pub­lished wide­ly on crit­i­cal social the­o­ry, moder­ni­ty and colo­nial­i­ty, and democ­ra­cy and author­i­tar­i­an pol­i­tics, and his lat­est research project inves­ti­gates the chal­lenges of depen­den­cy and colo­nial­i­ty to democ­ra­cy and polit­i­cal sta­bil­i­ty in Brazil with­in the cap­i­tal­ist world-system.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.