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Critiques and the Need for Case Studies In what follows I address briefly two critiques of the RD project, one of which I contest, whereas the second I argue needs to be answered by the type of empirical research this book undertakes. 32 DEMOCRACY AGAINST NEOLIBERALISM IN ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL The first critique refers to the “autonomization of identity,” or to the implications of assuming an “opened and indeterminate” subject position, which I think encapsulates the bulk of the criticism against the RD project.

During this period, Argentina experienced four major military coups (1955, 1962,9 1966, and 1976) and countless minor ones. In the case of Brazil, the military coup of 1964 that overthrew Vargas’s former labor minister, President João Goulart, inaugurated the longest era of authoritarian rule in the country’s history. 10 In Argentina, in contrast, between 1955 and 1983, political instability reached critical levels largely due to the military decision to directly ban peronismo, the majority party.

4 The Great Depression that followed the crises of 1930 contributed to creating the opportunities to establish ISI in the region. 5 Large internal migration from rural to urban centers and the consequent expansion of suburban areas surrounding the outskirts of Buenos Aires and São Paulo were among the most significant impacts of ISI on the topography of the population in Argentina and Brazil. It resulted in major shifts in the landscape and conditions upon which the agroexport oligarchy had constructed an essentially elitist political system.

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