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About Arthur Ituassu

Arthur Ituassu is a leading Brazilian scholar of social and political science. He is professor in the department of social communication at the Rio de Janeiro, and researcher at the Centro de Estudos Avançados em Democracia Digital (Centre for Advanced Studies in Digital Democracy and E-government (CEADD) in Salvador, Bahia. His website is here

Arthur Ituassu es un académico brasileño, especializado en ciencias sociales y políticas. Es profesor en el departamento de comunicación social de la Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Río de Janeiro, e investigador del Centro de Estudos Avançados em Democracia Digital en Salvador de Bahía. Consulta su web aquí.


Articles by Arthur Ituassu

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

A 'new Right' has appeared in the Brazilian political spectrum

The understanding of the current crisis can be traced to the first years of the 21st century. On the eve of Dilma Roussef’s impeachment, we interview openDemocracy’s author Arthur Ituassu. Español

Brazil: back to the future

An array of problems - economic, social, moral, environmental - is testing the political limits of Brazil's state-society relationship.

Brazil: the road to 2018

Brazil emerges from the 2014 election with a re-elected president, two problems, and four names in mind.

Brazil's election surprise

An unexpected result in the first round leaves the presidential election open. It also hints at Brazil's underlying political dynamics. 

Brazil's vote, Marina Silva's chance

A charismatic environmentalist is now leading Brazil's presidential race. Can she win and create the new politics she promises?

Brazil, protest and the World Cup

A year of social turbulence preceded Brazil's hosting of football's World Cup, with the competition itself a symbolic target of many protests. What do Brazilians think now? Arthur Ituassu, in Rio, reflects.

Brazil in 2013: a historic adventure

A big year in Brazil marked by huge street protests and a major corruption trial creates new tests for the country's democracy, says Arthur Ituassu.

Brazil, a crisis of representation

A protest wave in Brazil embodies new ideas of political community that challenge the country's old social practices and centralised structures, says Arthur Ituassu.

How the US elections look from Brazil

As a future great power emerging right in the USA's backyard, Brazil takes a special interest in the presidential race.

The incredible Dilma Rousseff

Brazil's president is facing great challenges in a great manner, says Arthur Ituassu.

Brazilian politics: the São Paulo microcosm

A major political contest over the city of São Paulo could also be a rehearsal for Brazil's next presidential election, says Arthur Ituassu.

Brazil: woman's work vs men's mess

The first year of Brazil's first female president has seen Dilma Rousseff build on the achievement of her predecessor, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva. But she is also having to cope with the more difficult parts of his legacy, says Arthur Ituassu.

Dilma Rousseff and Brazil: signs of change

The first months of Brazil's new president show both Dilma Rousseff and Brazilian democracy in a fresh light, says Arthur Ituassu.

After the party: Dilma and Brazil

The election of Dilma Rousseff is a landmark moment in Brazil’s political history. But the challenges ahead promise to make the task as hard as her victory proved to be, says Arthur Ituassu.

Brazil's prospect: consensus vs division

A surprising first-round result in Brazil’s presidential election sharpens the fight between Dilma Rousseff and José Serra. Brazilian voters' choice is also between two scenarios for the country's democracy, says Arthur Ituassu in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil’s big election: Dilma vs José

Brazil's presidential election is moving to a climax. A victory for the favourite candidate Dilma Rousseff would also be President Lula's, says Arthur Ituassu in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil: democracy vs poverty

In half a generation, a period that straddles two presidencies, politics has lifted millions of Brazilians from misery. Arthur Ituassu explains how it was done.

Brazil after Lula: left vs left

Brazil’s presidential election of 2010 is the first since the return to democracy in 1985 in which Lula is not a candidate. The country’s emerging political alignment forms a big part of his legacy, says Arthur Ituassu.

Brazil's new political identity

Brazil’s social and economic achievement during President Lula’s period in office is the foundation of its rising international status. But to ensure its future Brazil needs to pass two major tests, says Arthur Ituassu.

Brazil, the United States and Chile: military ghosts

A tranche of newly declassified documents exposes the degree of United States-Brazil collaboration in the early 1970s against Chile's elected president. This valuable historical record also confirms how much Washington's own policies fuel anti-Americanism in Latin America, says Arthur Ituassu.

(This article was first published on 21 August 2009)

The price of democracy in Brazil

The patient and constructive policies of President Lula are improving the lives of Brazilian citizens and deepening the country’s democracy too, says Arthur Ituassu.

Brazil: democracy as balance

Brazil's municipal elections reveal the democratic benefits of political division, says Arthur Ituassu.

China's Olympics: a view from Brazil

How does one rising global power see another? Arthur Ituassu identifies three currents in Brasilia's thinking about Beijing.

Under one roof: a Brazilian in Goa

A journey to India's ex-Portuguese colony, enriched by an interior dialogue with the economist Amartya Sen, opens new vistas in Arthur Ituassu's mind.

Tropa de Elite: Brazil’s dark sensation

Brazil's homemade blockbuster Tropa de Elite challenges the country's political thinking to address the violent "reality" it depicts, says Arthur Ituassu.

Brazil: the moral challenge

Brazil needs a new dialogue to address the violence and inequality holding it back, says Arthur Ituassu

Welcome to politics, Brazil

President Lula's re-election is also the consolidation of Brazilian democracy. Now, says Arthur Ituassu, he must focus on managing the key contest between nationalists and liberals that will define its future.

Brazil, let's talk

The run off between Lula and Geraldo Alckmin on 29 October is an opportunity for real debate about Brazil's political future, says Arthur Ituassu.

The green and yellow phoenix

Brazil’s national elections arrive at a moment when the country desperately needs rebirth from the ashes of corruption and disappointment, says Arthur Ituassu.

Lula's second wind

Brazilians are as worried about the integrity of their political system as about the character of the politicians who aspire to lead them, reports Arthur Ituassu.

Brazil at the crossroads

The campaign for Brazil’s elections in October 2006 is starting in earnest. The issues of social violence, education and corruption should be at its heart, argues Arthur Ituassu.

Violence in Brazil: all are targets, all are guilty

The wave of assaults in São Paulo by a sophisticated crime organisation exposes the absence of legitimate authority for millions of Brazilian citizens, says Arthur Ituassu.

The sum of all fears in Latin America

The hunger-strike of a leading Brazilian politician is the latest sign that a new form of an old movement is sweeping Latin America, says Arthur Ituassu.

Brazil's next winning team

Three events - finance minister Antonio Palocci's resignation, a report linking Lula to the money-for-votes scandal, and Geraldo Alckmin's nomination as the main opposition candidate in the October 2006 election - create a fresh political challenge to Brazil's president, says Arthur Ituassu.
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