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LYNCH, Christian Edward Cyril. A DEMOCRACY THINKER: AN INTRODUCTION TO WANDERLEY GUILHERME DOS SANTOS´ POLITICAL SCIENCE. Dados [online]. 2020, vol.63, n.1, e20200031.  Epub May 08, 2020. ISSN 1678-4588.

This article presents a logical and systematic view of Wanderley Guilherme dos Santos´ body of work in Political Science. The endeavor is justified by the importance of his work in the foundation and development of the new Brazilian Political Science since the 1960s, and furthermore in the lack of deeper studies about it. We will examine four points of his Political Science: 1) Social Philosophy, in its ontological and epistemological dimensions; 2) Political Theory, describing the role of classics and moderns; 3) Theory of political change, relying on a typology of regimes, their modes of transit from one to another, as well as the hypotheses of reform and rupture; and 4) Democracy theory, covering its three dimensions: integration, participation, and redistribution. The goal is for this article to serve as a starting point for further studies of each one of the issues addressed.

Keywords : Wanderley Guilherme dos Santos; Political Science; Brazilian political thought; institutions; democracy.

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