Origin and agenda of Brazilian new developmentalism

Vol. 33 No. 1 (2013)

Jan-Mar / 2013
Published January 1, 2013
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Mattei, Lauro. 2013. “Origin and Agenda of Brazilian New Developmentalism”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 33 (1):41-59. https://centrodeeconomiapolitica.org.br/repojs/index.php/journal/article/view/300.

Origin and agenda of Brazilian new developmentalism

Lauro Mattei
Especialista em políticas públicas pela Universidade do Texas (EUA), doutor em Economia pela Unicamp e pós-doutorado pela Universidade de Oxford. Professor dos cursos de graduação e pós-graduação em Economia e de pós-graduação em Administração da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Pesquisador do OPPA-CPDA-UFRRJ.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 33 No. 1 (2013), Jan-Mar / 2013, Pages 41-59


 The debate regarding Brazil’s development model returned again to the public arena in the first decade of 21st Century after two decades of orthodox economic policies which encouraged non-developed countries to adopt liberal economic policies as their preferred growth strategies. As Brazil achieved neither economic stability nor development, the discussion of new development strategies returned as a popular research topic. It is in this context that a new development theory – Neo Developmentalism – emerges. The objective of this article is to review the origins of this debate and the main propositions defended by the group aiming to implement a new development model policy in the country. The main conclusions are that this group has had an important contribution in maintaining the development debate in the public agenda as well as proposing a new theoretical approach called “structuralist macroeconomic development”. 

JEL Classification: O10.

Keywords: development New Developmentalism economic policy