Dr. Brasilia and Mr. Nacala : the apparent duality behind the Brazilian state-capital nexus

Tomaso Ferrando

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In August 2010 Brazil decided to limit foreign direct investments (FDIs) in land, and attracted the attention of politicians as much as the fears of businessmen. However, few months before, in September 2009, it had concluded a trilateral agreement with Japan and Mozambique to implement agribusiness and contract farming on an area of ten million hectares in the Mozambican region of Nacala. In light of that, the paper analyses the apparent duality of the Brazilian politics, and concludes that, exactly like in the case of the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, it is not a matter of pathology, but a voluntarily induced double personality which is strategic in positioning Brazil at the core of the global capitalist system.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)343-359
Number of pages17
JournalBrazilian Journal of Political Economy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015

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