• Renata BermanEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Business, Arts and Humanities book series (PSBAH)


Brazil is a country in transition from military dictatorship to market economy. However, this transition met with an abrupt halt following the financial crisis of the 2008. The optimism that the country was offered by President Lula and popular minister of culture Gilberto Gil in 2003 with regard to the democratization of the cultural sector abruptly stopped. The later impeachment of the president and questions regarding corruption swept away former glories and claims that Brazil is the gold standard of Latin America, and in its place was an example of a country in crisis. Yet despite this pessimistic view, still the people believe in the role of arts and culture, and the future suggests it might be this area that offers a brighter future—but only if some of the charges of corruption are replaced with processes of control and accountability—and this is where cultural governance might fit. However, evidence suggests this is still an aspiration rather than a reality.

This contribution is based on data collected by a survey, a workshop organized on 8 May 2017, and some expert interviews that were conducted between January and May 2017.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais School of DesignBelo HorizonteBrazil

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