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The Brazilian Corporative State and Working-Class Politics

The Brazilian Corporative State and Working-Class Politics

By Kenneth Paul Erickson

University of California Press, 1978, 242 pp.

This is a valuable account of the political power of labor leaders, its limitations, the participation of labor in public life, and the effectiveness of corporatism in bringing the urban working class into social and political activity with a minimum of disruption. Populism never became revolutionary because the purpose of Brazilian corporatism is a conservative one: preservation of the status quo through assimilation of emergent social forces.