Evolution of Brazilian development strategies and policies, 1964-1984

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


International Studies

First Committee Member

Julian I. Weinkle - Committee Chair


The Brazilian development model which existed between 1964-84 has been analyzed from the perspective of its historical underpinnings, the social and economic impact of the development policies followed under military authoritarian rule, and the influence of geopolitical thinking in structuring foreign policy. An attempt is also made to measure the successes and failures of the revolutionary governments using their development plans and stated objectives as the measurement criteria. Both internal and external events impacting on these objectives have been analyzed, as has the decision to follow a debt strategy to finance national development.The Brazilian development model has also been dissected to better understand the pitfalls in current developmental practice. Perhaps, most importantly, this study demonstrates that there is not a single or even multiple series of known development models which can be applied to any given country. It is necessary to identify meaningful development objectives which have relevance to that specific country, or perhaps even a region, and attack these issues, thereby producing results which improve the lot of the local citizenry. Clearly economic growth does not equate with social development.


Political Science, International Law and Relations

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