President Dilma Rousseff will likely win soccer-mad Brazil’s next election, albeit through a political penalty shoot-out. With little chance of the fiscal changes needed to restore consumer and investor confidence, Brazil will experience weak economic growth in 2014, despite hosting the FIFA World Cup tournament. Rousseff’s administration scored an own goal through populist economic policies and is paying the penalty in terms of growth, but it has an opportunity to even the score after the election. getAbstract cheers this Economist Intelligence Unit report for how ably it fields Brazil’s complex political economy.
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