Fernando Henrique Cardoso

President of Brazil (1995-2003)

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Fernando Henrique Cardoso was President of the Federative Republic of Brazil for two successive mandates (from 01/01/1995 to 31/12/2002), winning both elections in the first round by an absolute majority.

Among his more recent functions, Fernando Henrique Cardoso was Chairman of the Club of Madrid from and co-Chairman of the Inter-American Dialogue (2003/06). He is a member of the High-Level Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor. He is also Professor “at large” at Brown University, Providence, and holder of the “Cultures of the South” chair at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. He recently presided over the United Nations Panel of Eminent Persons on the relationship between this organization and civil society as well as the UNCTAD Panel of Eminent Persons on Enhancing the Development Role and the Impact of that Organization.

He was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1931. He is married and has three children.

A sociologist trained at the University of São Paulo, he emerged since the late 1960s as one of the most influential figures in the analysis of large-scale social change, international development, dependency, democracy, and state reform. Building on this successful intellectual and academic career, Fernando Henrique Cardoso became deeply involved in Brazil’s struggle for democracy to overcome the authoritarian military regime (1964-1985). Elected Senator in 1982, he was a founding member of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB). He served as Minister of Foreign Relations in 1992-93 and Minister of Finance in 1993-94.

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Xadrez Internacional e Social-Democracia

Xadrez Internacional reúne análises recentes sobre os efeitos das transformações económicas e políticas globais no Brasil e na América Latina. O tema da democracia, central na obra de Fernando Henrique Cardoso, articula-se aqui com as suas reflexões sobre o crescimento económico, o desenvolvimento e as relações mundiais de poder.

Xadrez Internacional e Social-Democracia

Cartas a Um Jovem Político Para construir um país melhor

«Nestas cartas procurei dividir com o leitor, especialmente os mais jovens, experiências que vivi em meus vinte e sete anos de política, lições que aprendi dentro e fora do governo e conhecimentos que fui adquirindo ao longo da vida.» Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Cartas a Um Jovem Político Para construir um país melhor

The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir

Fernando Henrique Cardoso received a phone call in the middle of the night asking him to be the new Finance Minister of Brazil. As he put the phone down and stared into the darkness of his hotel room, he feared he'd been handed a political death sentence. The year was 1993, and he would be responsible for an economy that had had seven different currencies in the previous eight years to cope with inflation that had run at 3000 percent a year. Brazil had a habit of chewing up finance ministers with the ferocity of an Amazon piranha.
This was just one of the turns in a largely unscripted and sometimes unwanted political career. In exile during the harshest period of the junta that ruled Brazil for twenty years, Cardoso started his political life with a tentative run for the Federal Senate in 1978. Within fifteen years, and despite himself, this former sociologist was running the country.

And what a country! Brazil, it is often said, is on the edge of modernity, striding with one foot in mid-air towards the future, the other still rooted deep in a traditional past. It is a land of sophisticated music and brutal gold-digging, of the next global superpower and the last old-time coffee plantations. It is gloriously ungovernable, irrepressibly attractive, and home to the family, friends and extraordinary life of Fernando Henrique Cardoso. This is his story and his love song to his country.

The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir

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