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Bringing historical sociology and path-dependence together: a case study of the Brazilian political economy (1930-2000)

Zur Zusammenführung von historischer Soziologie und Pfadabhängigkeit: eine Fallstudie zur Politischen Ökonomie Brasiliens (1930-2000)
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Souza Leao, Luciana de

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Abstract "Historical sociology and path-dependence theory both try to understand how change and continuity interact in long-term social processes. Even so, there is still a lot of uncertainty on the ways that the two methodologies can be adopted together. This paper addresses this question by studying 70 years of interaction between the state and the market in Brazil. Particularly, it shows how an understanding of the historical process that characterized modernization from above in Brazil sheds light on the argument that, despite de facto changes in the country's politico-economics in the 1990s, there is still a strong influence from the state institutions formulated during the 1930s. The paper discusses the main economic, political and administrative changes in state structures that happened over 70 years to provide new insights into the ways in which the historical perspective can contribute to the interpretation of the period of reforms in Brazil." (author's abstract)
Keywords Brazil; historical analysis; historical development; historical social research; political economy; path dependence; research approach; research deficit; socioeconomic development; process analysis; exertion of government pressure; institution; interpretation; South America; developing country; Latin America
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Social History, Historical Social Research; Political Economy
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 172-196
Journal Historical Social Research, 38 (2013) 2
Issue topic Aspects of process theories and process-oriented methodologies
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works