Accountability Versus Continuity – Third Presidential Term

Opinion, by Dr. Greg Michener (Ph.D. in political science, University of Texas at Austin) and Hugo Porto Fonseca (Master's in Law, PUC-MG)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Democracy is a series of tradeoffs. Few are greater than the tradeoff between continuity in politics and government accountability. On the one hand, political continuity may help extend current social and economic prosperity. On the other hand, history demonstrates that when one party is elected again and again, power begins to corrupt and political accountability tends to erode. Brazilians ought to think carefully about this tradeoff before electing a president from . . .

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