The death of candidate Eduardo Campos on 13 August and the subsequent selection of his running-mate Marina Silva to the presidential candidacy of the PSB has changed the nature of this year's election in Brazil. Polls show Marina with support roughly equal to that of the incumbent, President Dilma Rousseff.
With only a few weeks to go before the first round of the election on 5 October, what does this new situation mean for Brazil?
Our expert panelists provided answers to this question, covering politics, economics, and business.
Please click on the PDF link below to download the panelists' presentations.
The panelists were:
- Dr. Timothy Power - University of Oxford
- Dr. Sônia Gonçalves - Brazil Institute, King's College London
- David Sonter Freshfields
Professor Anthony Pereira, Director of the Brazil Institute at King's College London was the event's moderator.
Timothy J. Power is University Lecturer in Brazilian Studies and a Fellow of St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, where he is also a member of the Department of Politics and International Relations. An associate fellow of Chatham House, Dr Power is a specialist on Brazilian politics and government, having written extensively on presidentialism, elections, the party system and executive-legislative relations in Brazil.
Sónia has a PhD and MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. Her main research interests are in the fields of development economics and political economy. She has worked on research projects that analyse the links between public service delivery and participatory democracy in Brazil, as well as between media and political accountability. After a stint in investment banking and economic consulting she joined the Dep. of Management at King's College London in 2011 and has just started a lectureship at the Brazil Institute.
David Sonter is the Freshfields corporate country partner for Brazil and advises a number of Brazilian companies in relation to international M&A and international clients in relation to Brazil. He visits Rio and Sao Paulo regularly and has built strong relationships with the premier local law firms.