State, class and the organic elite: the formation of an entrepreneurial order in Brazil 1961-1965

Dreifuss, René Armand (1980) State, class and the organic elite: the formation of an entrepreneurial order in Brazil 1961-1965. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis is about the organization for action of a power
bloc of multinational and associated interests, their policy of
disruption of the Brazilian regime which took place from 1961 to
1964, and their subsequent take-over of the State. The thesis does
not attempt to present a historical reconstruction of the period.
Rather, it aims to bring new evidence to bear on the little known
activity of individuals and organizations which were crucial in
shaping the period in question and its aftermath.
Chapter I outlines the formation of the populist polity, since
the fall of the oligarchic state in 1930.
Chapter II describes the economic ascendancy gained by multinational
and associated interests throughout the 1950s under the
political aegis of an industrial-oligarchic populist polity.
Chapter III describes the corporate-political power structure
of multinational and associated interests. The chapter examines
the social and political agents who over a period of ten years
shaped an incipient bloc of modernizing-conservative interests.
The chapter also describes the different political means and administrative
channels whereby the multinational and associated bloc was
able to press its interests within the populist polity.
Chapter IV describes the crisis of populism brought about by
the political mobilization of the working classes and the militant
action of the multinational and associated interests through their
own political organizations.
Chapter V examines the recruitment pattern, decision-making
structure and organization for action of the organic elite of the
multinational and associated interests, organized in IPES/IBAD.
Chapter VI describes the ideological campaign of the organic
elite against the regime and the working classes, and its attempts
to indoctrinate the general public and in particular the dominant
classes and the military.
Chapter VII examines the political campaign of the organic
elite among students, the female population, the middle classes,
the peasantry, the industrial working classes, and the political
Chapter VIII describes the political campaign of the organic
elite among the military and focuses upon the civilian-military
movement which brought about the downfall of Goulart.
Chapter IX describes the occupation of the state's key agencies
of policy-formation and decision-making by the organic elite of
The thesis attempts to demonstrate how entrepreneurs and
techno-entrepreneurs representing multinational and associated
interests were an active force in Brazilian politics before and
after the downfall of Goulart in 1964.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences
Supervisor's Name: Mitchell, Dr. Simon
Date of Award: 1980
Depositing User: Ms Dawn Pike
Unique ID: glathesis:1980-4948
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2014 15:59
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2022 08:45
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.4948

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