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Agrarian Reform Policy in Brazil: Trajectory of a Decadence

Version 1 : Received: 9 April 2017 / Approved: 10 April 2017 / Online: 10 April 2017 (07:49:04 CEST)

How to cite: Sabourin, E. Agrarian Reform Policy in Brazil: Trajectory of a Decadence. Preprints 2017, 2017040055. Sabourin, E. Agrarian Reform Policy in Brazil: Trajectory of a Decadence. Preprints 2017, 2017040055.


In Brazil, during the four last administrations of Worker’s Party (PT) 2003-2015, the support to the agrarian reform seems to have stagnated, even with the influence of landless workers' movements. Thus in 2016, the impeachment President Dilma Roussef have marked a brutal stop in the agrarian reform process. How to explain that which seems at first to be a contradiction and has become a decadence of an important federal public policy?. Furthermore, how can we evaluate the debates within Brazilian society and the federal government on this theme? The article analyzes the tensions, debates, advances and impasses of the past fifteen years of agrarian reform policy in Brazil looking at the interaction between social movements and public policies. The method associates bibliography, official statistic synthesis and research results in Northeast, Amazônia and Cerrado regions among several projects. The first part results put on evidence the crescent reduction of agrarian reform settlements and beneficiary families since 2006. The second part presents the main reasons offering an analysis of government and society debates in Brazil about land reform. The analysis conclude to the less of power and representation in the society of the pro agrarian reform large and popular coalition.


Brazil, agrarian reform policy, land less movement, rural social movements.


Social Sciences, Area Studies

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