U.S. power and the social state in Brazil : legal modernization in the global South / Júlio Cattai.

Cattai, Júlio [Browse]
  • Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2022.
  • ©2022
214 pages ; 25 cm.


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"The book analyzes the elite-led efforts to transform the Brazilian legal order in the period between 1930-1975 and how US Power played a major role in such a process. Besides the global circulation of ideas and institutions, the book discusses the Brazilian institutional development in the period. A profound "Crisis of Civilization" marked the first decades of the century: the references of space and time vanished with the vertiginous expansion of cities and industries, while a myriad of immigrants and former slaves were alleged to be threatening the country's traditions. Brazilian elites blamed liberalism for such a "Crisis". Based on a decade of research, this book centralizes Brazilian history in liberalism and offers a genealogy of the jurisprudential and institutional struggles to correct the culture of laissez-faire. Using archival sources, it shows the direct US influence on Brazilian thought and development. Recasting the history of legal ideas in the twentieth-century and providing novel interpretations on major political processes, it offers a rigorous and fresh look at the development of liberalism in the country. Covering five decades of history and offering a transnational approach involving the U.S. hegemonic role in Brazil, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of law, US foreign policy, area studies and international relations"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction : The decline of laissez-faire, U.S. power, and the rise of the social state
  • The executive and the positive law : modernity and the "revolt of the fact against the law"
  • The executive and the judiciary : constitutional review and the contours of the individual
  • The executive and the legislature : normative function and the separation of powers
  • The executive and the legal education : the "role of lawyers in a changing society"
  • The decline of the social state and the rise of neoliberalism : U.S. power and the Brazilian transition to the global order.
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United States power and the social state in Brazil
  • 9780367643164 (hardcover)
  • 0367643162 (hardcover)
  • 9780367643188 (paperback)
  • 0367643189 (paperback)
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