Opinion, by Michael Royster

São Paulo, Brazil – President Jair Bolsonaro has made it clear—he is NOT going to go back to the "old politics," commonly dubbed "toma lá dá cá," meaning "you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours."  The phrase encapsulates the modus operandi of Brazil's government since the 1988 Constitution: it is one of the pillars of "coalition presidentialism."

Briefly, coalition presidentialism is a form of governmental system found in countries like Brazil, where there are too many political parties represented in Congress, with none of the parties having . . .

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