Population growth, economic development and health care delivery as indicators of the Brazilian's quality of life during the period of military rule, 1964-1982

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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Jaime Suchlicki - Committee Chair


Military leadership led Brazil, the largest Latin American nation, for nearly two decades until free national elections were held in 1982. This authoritarian political period has been heralded as one of "miracle growth." Yet, the quality of life of the great majority of Brazilians was affected in a less than positive manner. To support this statement or premise, Population Growth, Economic Development, and Healthcare Delivery were analyzed providing evidence of the deterioration of the socio-economic level of the Brazilian population. The military's philosophy, which emphasized that economic development would "trickle down" to the lower income population, failed to materialize in the decades of the 1960s and 1970s. Moreover, it is unlikely to materialize in the years ahead.


Health Sciences, Public Health; Political Science, General; Sociology, Social Structure and Development

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