1st Edition

A History of Brazilian Economic Thought From Colonial Times Through The Early 21st Century

    268 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of Brazilian economic thought ranging from colonial times through to the early 21st century. It explores the production of ideas on the Brazilian economy through various forms of publication and contemporary thoughts on economic contexts and development policies, all closely reflecting the evolution of economic history.

    After an editorial introduction, it opens with a discussion of the issue of the historical limits to and circumstances of the production of pure economic theory by Brazilian economists. The proceeding chapters follow the classical periodization of Brazilian economic history, starting with the colonial economy (up until the early 19th century) and the transition into an economy independent from Portugal (1808 through the 1830s) when formal independence took place in 1822. The third part deals with the "coffee era" (1840s to 1930s). The last part covers the "developmentalist" and "globalization" eras (1930–2010).

    This book is ideal for international and national scholars in social sciences, students in both undergraduate and graduate courses in economics, and any individuals interested in Brazilian economic and intellectual history.

    1. Editorial Introduction

    Part 1: Contributions to economic theory

    2. Contributions to economics from the "periphery" in historical perspective: the case of Brazil after mid-20th century

    Mauro Boianovsky.

    Part 2: Colonial and early post-colonial periods

    3. Sugar, Slaves and Gold: the Political Economy of the Portuguese Colonial Empire in the 17th and 18th Centuries

    José Luís Cardoso

    4. "The transition to post-colonial economy"

    Mauricio C. Coutinho

    Part 3: The "coffee era"

    5. Economic ideas about slavery and free labor in the 19th century

    Amaury Patrick Gremaud and Renato Leite Marcondes

    6. Debating Money in Brazil, 1850s to 1930

    André A. Villela

    7. Industrial development and government protection: issues and controversies, circa 1840–1930

    Flávio Rabelo Versiani

    Part 4: The "developmentalist" and the "globalization" eras

    8. Brazilian economic thought in the "developmentalist era": 1930-1980

    Ricardo Bielschowsky and Carlos Mussi

    9. The end of developmentalism, the globalization era
    and the concern with income distribution (1981-2010)

    Eduardo F. Bastian and Carlos Pinkusfeld Bastos


    Ricardo Bielschowsky is full professor of economics at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Mauro Boianovsky is full professor of economics at Universidade de Brasília, Brazil.

    Mauricio C. Coutinho is full professor of economics at Universidade de Campinas, Brazil.

    "This is a more than welcome initiative, filling a long-standing gap in the English language on the evolution of economic ideas in the largest and most populous country of South America."

    Rogério Arthmar, History of Economic Ideas