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LLILAS Faculty Book Series: "The Transformation of the Workers’ Party in Brazil, 1989-2009"

Mon, April 16, 2012 • 12:00 PM • Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

The Transformation of the Workers’ Party in Brazil, 1989-2009 draws on historical institutionalism and strategic frameworks to analyze the evolution of the Worker’s Party. Author Wendy Hunter primarily seeks to understand how/why the once-radical Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) increased its electoral appeal by endorsing programmatic positions and a more universal electoral strategy.  The book also examines why some of the PT’s normative commitments and organizational practices remain unchanged despite other adaptations, which call into question whether or not PT can still be labeled a mass organized party of the left.

Dr. Wendy Hunter studies Comparative Politics, focusing on Latin American affairs.  She has studied the military in Brazil and the Southern Cone and conducted research on issues of social policy in Latin America, particularly the politics of education and health reform.  She wrote both The Transformation of the Workers’ Party in Brazil, 1989-2009 (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Eroding Military Influence in Brazil: Politicians against Soldiers (University of North Carolina Press, 1997), as well as Leftist Governments in Latin America: Successes and Shortcomings (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which she coedited with Kurt Weyland and Raúl L. Madrid. She has also published articles in such journals as Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Political Science Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, The American Political Science Review, The American Journal of Political Science, and World Politics.

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