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BRAZIL: Ideology is crowd-pleaser, but electoral pragmatism new normal

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President Jair Bolsonaro will talk the talk on ideological platforms but reelection in 2022 calls for pragmatism. There is increasingly little room for far-right policymaking. Stress with the arrest of a Bolsonarista congressman shows the limits of Bolsonaro’s capacity to “be himself”. President Jair Bolsonaro was elected on a platform that combined conservative values, liberal economics, and contrarian politics. He has maintained his values, fudged on his economics and abandoned his politics. His alignment with the Big Center and the election of pro-government leaders i
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