The electoral setting vs. the political-institutional setting in the 2014 presidential election
Until recently, candidate Eduardo Campos was playing a supporting third-place role in the Brazilian presidential race. His tragic death in a plane crash has revolutionized the Brazilian electoral setting, where the first round of presidential elections is scheduled for October 5, 2014. Despite this change, and the consequent rise of Marina Silva, the political-institutional setting remains unchanged in the country, regardless of what will be the outcome of elections.
Brazil, the largest democracy in Latin America, has been undergoing one of the most hotly contested presidential elections of its recent history. This intensity is due to an unusual event: the death of the third place candidate Eduardo Campos (PSB, Brazilian Socialist Party) in a tragic plane crash on August 13. ...
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Public Seminar Review Volume 1, Issue 1
Inaugural Edition (First Semester 2013)
The first semester of the Public Seminar is over, and the papers are now in, presented in this Inaugural Issue. We started our active publishing with reports and analyses on the Gezi protests in Istanbul; our last feature of the year was a poetic eyewitness report on the Maidan protests in Kiev. In between, many other reports and reflections on pressing issues of the day were published and discussed, as were pieces on enduring problems, from empathy to the social condition to penis envy.
In Volume 1, Issue 1
- Capitalism and its Alternatives
- Democracy and Media
- Identity: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Psychology
- The Arts and Literature
- Memory and Miscellaneous
With: Andrew Arato, Cinzia Arruzza, Richard J. Bernstein, Jay M. Bernstein, Andriy Bondarenko, Fabián Bosoer, Chiara Bottici, Vince Carducci, Emanuele Castano, Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer, Simon Critchley, Daniel Dayan, Irit Dekel, Federico Finchelstein, Nancy Fraser, Mark Frazier, Daryl Glaser, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Yana Gorokhovskaia, Glenn Greenwald, Nick Haekkerup, Michael D. Hall, Klaus Bruhn Jensen, Beth Kalikoff, Leslie Kaplan, Siobhan Kattago, Paul A. Kottman, Esther Kreider-Verhalle, Elzbieta Matynia, William Milberg, Virag Molnar, Hugh Raffles, Jeremy Safran, Gema Santamaría, Anwar Shaikh, Iddo Tavory, Ertug Tombus, Jeremy Varon, Robin Wagner-Pacifici, McKenzie Wark, Susan Yelavich, Eli Zaretsky, and Vera Zolberg