Degree Granting Department
Government and International Affairs
Evangelical, marginalization, oppression, power-sharing, religion
Like so many other developing nations, Brazil has suffered from extreme inequality. Even though it has a healthy economy, free elections and multiple political parties, there are deep divides and unstable political institutions. The relatively recent transition to democracy has allowed a large and growing Evangelical community to emerge which is causing a religious shifting. The Pentecostal faith is providing alternative structures for social and political expression previously denied to many. Through community networks, many of Brazil's marginalized are accessing legitimacy, making them an undeniable force.
The focus of this paper is to determine if Pentecostalism undermines or strengthens democratic consolidation in Brazil, and what role it has to play in power sharing.
Scholar Commons Citation
Johansen, Amber S., "The Politics of Pentecostalism; Does it Help or Hinder Democratic Consolidation in Brazil?" (2012). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.