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Book Launch: In Search of the Brazil Dream

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

October 15, 2014


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Join AS/COA for a discussion with Lourdes Casanova, co-author of The Political Economy of an Emerging Global Power: In Search of the Brazil Dream.

The book discusses whether Brazil’s rise on the global stage is barely beginning or whether it has already hit a plateau because of domestic challenges and the external constraints of the global governance system. The authors argue that the country’s hard power capability is greater than often believed and that this power largely rests on its energy, food, and financial reserves. But Brazil’s biggest strength lies in soft power with its culture, values, and policies. The book describes how Brazil is developing its own model of growth and development while including some features of state capitalism and innovative forms of welfare. The authors examine the role played by the state in the private sector and ask whether the “Brasilia consensus” could be an alternative to the old “Washington Consensus.” Finally, the authors assess the country’s domestic challenges and the ways in which these may prevent Brazil from becoming an effective global power. The book also includes key findings of a survey conducted by the authors between July and October 2013 with 45 opinion leaders, experts, and representatives from government, business, civil society, and academia on the country’s recent accomplishments and priorities looking ahead.


  • Lourdes Casanova, Co-Author of The Political Economy of an Emerging Global Power: In Search of the Brazil Dream; Senior Lecturer, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
  • Humberto Ribeiro, Visiting Scholar, Emerging Markets Institute, Cornell University; former Secretary of Commerce and Services, Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (interviewer)

Registration fee: This event is complimentary for all registrants. Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Diogo Ide | | 1-212-277-8352
COA Corporate Membership: Monica Vieira | | 1-212-277-8344
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014