The New Authoritarianism: The United States, Brazil, and the Americas

Paul Pierson, Carlos Milani, and Elizabeth McKenna

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The New Authoritarianism:
The United States, Brazil, and the Americas

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm Pacific Time | CLAS Virtual Event

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In Let them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality, co-author Paul Pierson analyzes the slide toward authoritarianism in the United States and examines the future of the country. He will discuss those ideas with Carlos Milani and Liz Mckenna in Brazil, who will also comment on the implications for the Americas. 

Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Pierson’s teaching and research includes the fields of American politics and public policy, comparative political economy, and social theory.

Carlos R. S. Milani is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Social and Political Studies at Rio de Janeiro State University. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with Brazil’s National Research Council and Associate Editor of the Brazilian Political Science Review. 

Elizabeth (Liz) McKenna is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University and holds a Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on the dramatic shift from Lulismo to Bolsonarismo in Brazil. 

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waves to supporters following his swearing-in ceremony, January 2019. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo.)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waves to supporters following his swearing-in ceremony, January 2019. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo.)
From Elizabeth McKenna, "
BRAZIL: The Life and Death of the New Republic?"