Dados vol. 27 n. 3 Rio de Janeiro 1984

O Novo Regime Militar no Brasil

Góes, Walder de


The author argues that the current expression "back to the barracks" is more of a rhetoric formula than a factual description of the process of military withdrawal from politics in Brazil. Rather than retreating, the strategy of the Brazilian Armed Forces is to seek to achieve indirect control over the political system, preserving their command over central areas of public administration and national security policies. The author suggests that such a strategy is factible given the transformation of the Brazilian state into a hybrid civilian-military system through a series of "militarizing conjunctures". Such changes are based on two main factors. On the one hand, there is the complex system of projects created by the General Secretariat of the National Security Council where military and civilian personnel act together to influence the Presidency's choice of strategic options. On the other hand, there is the ample penetration of public administration by retired military officers who took over positions traditionally filled by civilians. Finally, the author indicates that the military support a reduction of the political role of the Armed Forces but that the achievement of this objective has been affected by the internal contradictions of the military regime. ln particular, the growing political power of the National lnformation Service, which rivals the military corporation's, has reduced the pace of the process of military withdrawal from politics.

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