Historical sources of brazilian underdevelopment

Vol. 16 No. 2 (1996)

Apr-Jun / 1996
Published April 1, 1996

How to Cite

Barros, Alexandre Rands. 1996. “Historical Sources of Brazilian Underdevelopment”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 16 (2):293-314. https://doi.org/10.1590/0101-31571996-0855.

Historical sources of brazilian underdevelopment

Alexandre Rands Barros
Professor do Programa de Pós-Gradução em Economia – PIMES, da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco – UFPE, Recife/PE, Brasil.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 16 No. 2 (1996), Apr-Jun / 1996, Pages 293-314


In this work, it is shown that Brazil has already entered the past century behind
the developed countries. The three main views to explain this fact are reviewed and a fourth,
based on recent theoretical developments, is presented. This view explains the backwardness
of the Brazilian economy due to the composition of its social classes, their historical roots
and their interrelations.

JEL Classification: O15; O19; N16.

Keywords: Underdevelopment economic history of Brazil economic growth