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Revista de ciencia política (Santiago)

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SWEET, CASSANDRA. BRAZIL WOKE UP STRONGER?: POWER, PROTEST AND POLITICS IN 2013. Rev. cienc. polít. (Santiago) [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.1, pp.59-78. ISSN 0718-090X.

The year 2013 set in motion a wave of political protest the scale of which had not been witnessed in Brazil since the early 1990s. While the protests were sparked by the quotidian -an increase in Sao Paulo's metro and bus fares by 7%- they spoke to profound underlying political and economic inequalities. At their peak, the protests involved one million people and spanned a hundred cities. The demonstrators challenged both local parties and the national level PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores) leadership. This article analyzes Brazil's politics in 2013 and focuses on the genesis and significance of the June protests. Impending presidential elections loomed in the background, along with a decelerating domestic economy and the contradictions raised by the emergence of Brazil on the global stage, all of which contributed to a year of social upheaval and legislative action.

Palabras clave : Brazil; Rousseff; protest; parties; elections; development.

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