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Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais

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KINZO, Maria D'Alva G.. Parties, elections, and democracy in Brazil after 1985. Rev. bras. Ci. Soc. [online]. 2004, vol.19, n.54, pp. 23-40. ISSN 0102-6909.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-69092004000100002.

The article discusses the relationship among parties, elections, and democracy in the Brazilian current context. The main concern is examining how much the democratic and electoral experience has contributed to the consolidation of parties, party system, and democracy in Brazil since 1985. It defines the meanings of "party," "elections," and "democracy" in order to establish analysis parameters. It then analyses the recent electoral experiences highlighting its primordial role in assuring minimal conditions for a democratic polity. It finally discusses the current party experience, as well as its main aspects and problems. It concludes with a brief reflexion on the relationship between both the electoral and party experience and the consolidation of democracy in Brazil.

Keywords : Political parties; Elections; Democracy; Brazilian political institutions.

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