Expert talk

Brazilians at each other's throats: Lessons for South Africa about populism

SAIIA Speakers Meeting

On 11 November, please join SAIIA and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation as Professor Lyal White unpacks how populism has shattered Brazil's society into polarised camps and investigates what lessons can be applied to South Africa.


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What can Brazil teach us about the dangers of populism?

As a taster on the topic, please visit Daily Maverick.

"Uncertainty and recurring crises, and not the positivist national motto of “order and progress” adopted by its leaders at independence, defines the Brazil of today.
This sounds all too familiar to South Africans. The high hopes of representative leadership, inclusive governance and a progressive constitution, expected to deliver on this country’s vast economic potential 25 years ago, have failed to materialise. Parallels with Brazil run deep. There are a number of lessons to be learnt, both good and bad."

Professor White is the founding Senior Director of the Johannesburg Business School (JBS) at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an Associate Professor in International Business with a focus on comparative political economy and strategy in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prof. White is widely published in news media, academic journals and books, and a regular commentator in popular media. He has worked in a range of sectors covering themes from investment rationale, strategy, competitiveness, management and leadership in new and complex markets to reform, growth and development in Africa and Latin America. More information about Prof White here.


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