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US imperialism in Brazil and the Operation Car Wash

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posted on 2022-11-15, 04:46 authored by Flavia JuliusFlavia Julius

“Operation Car Wash” was a judicial inquiry in Brazil between 2014 and 2021. It investigated corruption; however, it targeted disproportionately leftist Workers’ Party, removing it from government and facilitating the election of far-right Jair Bolsonaro. During fourteen years in the presidency, the Workers’ Party somehow disturbed neoliberalism, focusing on welfare, affirmative measures and a foreign policy that did not prioritise the United States. The US has been responsible for the overthrow of progressive political leaders on multiple occasions. This thesis argues the US interfered again, allying with Brazil’s dominant classes to restore class power and reinforce hegemony in Latin America.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction - The removal of the Workers’ Party from power -- 2. Chapter One - Imperialism in Latin America -- 3. Chapter Two - US imperialism in Brazil -- 4. Chapter Three -- 5. Thesis conclusion -- References


A thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Research in the Faculty of Arts

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


Thesis (MRes), Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, 2022

Department, Centre or School

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Noah Bassil


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