Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Sybil Rhodes

Second Advisor

Dr. Murray Tanner

Third Advisor

Dr. Steven Benfell


I intended to study the domestic and international issues that pushed and pulled at the government in its creation of its economic policy. I intended to focus on the executive branch of the government and the international organizations and sovereign nations that influenced the policy decisions surrounding the specific year of 1997. However, as I researched I found something that I think is as just as important if not more important in creating Brazil's economic policy. As I researched it became evident that the characteristics of the Brazilian political parties had an influence on how all policies are formulated, more so than the rest of Latin America. The characteristics of the parties and their effects on the government and policy formation seem to be a large part of problem that the government has in solving the policy dilemmas it faces. The question of how the parties developed and the social issues that drive the parties led drove most of my research.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access