Protests in Brazil


Published: 17Aug2015

"Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in protests across Brazil calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in the past days." (Source: BBC News)

“The protests represent growing frustration with political elites and parties more generally, stemming from corruption, poor public services and the growing economic insecurity caused by Brazil’s economic slowdown post-commodity boom.”
- Philip Oxhorn

Philip Oxhorn, Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University.
Expertise: He’s an expert in democracy, economic development and Latin American Comparative Politics. Editor-in-Chief of Latin American Research Review, his latest book, Sustaining Civil Society: Economic Change, Democracy, and the Social Construction of Citizenship in Latin America, was published in 2011.
Contact: philip.oxhorn [at] He answers in English and Spanish.

“Brazilians are disillusioned with the state of the economy, spending on the World Cup and Olympics (as opposed to education, housing and health care), and mounting corruption scandals. This is in contrast to the significant economic progress made in preceding years which led Brazilians to believe they would continue to progress on the road of economic development.”
- Alfred Jaeger

Alfred Jaeger, Associate professor, Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.
Expertise: Prof. Jaeger teaches Cross-Cultural Management and Organizational Behavior to undergraduate and MBA students.  He visits Brazil each year with students from his Cross-cultural management class. His last time in Brazil was back in May.
Contact: alfred.jaeger [at] He answers in English, French and Portuguese. He’s available in the upcoming days (except Wednesday afternoon, and Friday).

Manuel Balan, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University
Expertise: He's interested in Latin American Politics, Corruption and Development, Political Competition, Politics of the Media and Scandals, Transparency and Anti-Corruption Policies, Political parties and political Systems, among other things.
Contact: manuel.balan [at] He answers in English and Spanish.

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