Dilma Rousseff and the rocky road to recession
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Chapter 4 charts the economic difficulties that coincided with Dilma Rousseff succeeding Lula as president in 2011. As the world economy began to slow down, Brazil failed to capitalise on the promise of the first decade of the 2000s. Deteriorating economic performance led to a big increase in unemployment and put consumer spending under strain. Having borrowed heavily to finance their spending, many families became over-indebted. In many ways, the successes of the previous decade generated a crisis of expectations.

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