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Business Views of Democratization in Brazil and Argentina.
Itobiad: Journal of the Human & Social Science Researches (2015)
  • ENGIN I ERDEM, Mr., Florida International University
The democratization literature discusses various dynamics of regime change including economic development, social classes, political institutions, culture and international factors. This paper attempts to illuminate the role of business in political change. For this purpose, it examines two cases from Latin America: Brazil and Argentina. In doing so, the research also benefits from within-case comparisons such as the one between the 1961-64 Goulart government and the New Republic (1985-1990). By examining business behavior in different temporal and spatial contexts, the paper expects to enhance our understanding of social dynamics of democratization. This paper is primarily dealt with the following question: whether does business support democracy? In other words, whether is business a democratic actor or not? Applying the central research question in the Brazilian and Argentine settings, the paper looks at business behavior during the authoritarian and democratic regimes in the two countries. This paper argues that business, as a pragmatic actor, is a contingent democrat. It could be supporter of both democracy and authoritarian rule on the basis of their interest considerations.
  • democratization,
  • regime change,
  • Latin American politics,
  • political change,
  • business,
  • labor,
  • coup d'etats
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ENGIN I ERDEM. "Business Views of Democratization in Brazil and Argentina." Itobiad: Journal of the Human & Social Science Researches Vol. 4 Iss. 1 (2015)
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