From Socialism to Social Democracy

  title={From Socialism to Social Democracy},
  author={David J. Samuels},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={1024 - 999}
  • David J. Samuels
  • Published 1 November 2004
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Political Studies
Luis Inácio Lula da Silva’s victory in Brazil’s 2002 presidential election brought to power Latin America’s largest leftist party, the Workers’Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores [PT]). The PTwon because it moved to the center, and voters regarded this shift as credible. The party’s transformation is puzzling, because political scientists do not expect strategic flexibility in “mass bureaucratic” parties, which the PT resembles. Although exogenous factors are important, the key to understanding… 

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