'Few understand the interaction of politics and the economy in Brazil better than Matthew Taylor, whose superb study shows how political and economic complementarities constrain Brazil’s growth. Essential reading for all seeking to understand the Brazilian condition, the book will be of special value for those, be they ‘developmentalists’ or ‘neo-liberals', who seek to restore growth with equity in Brazil.'
David M. Trubek - University of Wisconsin-Madison
'Decadent Developmentalism is the successor to Peter B. Evans’ 1979 academic blockbuster on Brazil, Dependent Development. The early chapters on the continuing large economic role of the state, despite Brazil’s moderate neoliberal turn in the 1990s, are comprehensive and competent, while the later chapters on the pernicious failures of political and legal controls on state actions under ‘coalitional presidentialism’ are brilliant.'
Leslie Elliott Armijo - Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
'Despite its frequent economic crises, some argue that Brazil is a stable democracy with existing checks and balances that help avert severe institutional disruption and may eventually support long term economic growth. Matthew Taylor provides a distinct and perhaps more realistic picture of the country as a state subject to a nexus of complementary forces that shape and distort development policies. Although focusing on Brazil, the framework proposed and discussed in the book should be a reference for those interested in how country-level institutions promote or constrain development.'
Sérgio Lazzarini - Insper