• Marieke Riethof
Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)


Brazilian trade unions have turned into a significant political actor since pro-democracy protests began in the late 1970s, as exemplified by former trade union leader Lula’s election to the presidency. Since then, Brazilian labour politics has seen major conflicts and disagreements about labour strategies in the workplace and in a democratic political context. This book explores the impact on trade unions of political engagement, arguing that these political ambitions have shaped Brazilian politics but have also resulted in significant conflicts within the union movement and the left. This introductory chapter positions this relationship in the debates on recent Brazilian politics, showing that labour militancy ebbs and flows in response to political developments as well as changing economic conditions.


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  • Marieke Riethof
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  1. 1.Modern Languages and Cultures/Latin American StudiesUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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