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Does democracy mean greater accountability and less corruption? Is press freedom a prerequisite for economic development? Should religious fundamentalists have a greater voice in government?

Comparative politics students will benefit from CQ Researcher's award-winning, non-partisan reporting that looks at today's most important problems, ranging from democratization and regime change to policies on immigration, welfare, and religion. Each essay identifies key players, explores what's at stake, and shows how past and current developments impact the future. Reports include maps, charts, a chronology, and a yes/no feature box.

Brazil on the Rise
Brazil on the rise
Brazilian security forces search for drug dealers in a Rio de Janeiro slum on Nov. 29, 2010. They confiscated large quantities of drugs, ammunition and arms after a weeklong initiative. Brazil's ongoing crackdown on crime — which includes moving young officers into the slums to live — has helped lower the murder rate: Rio had 4,768 murders in 2010, down from 6,323 in 2006.

Visits between leaders of Brazil and the United States are nothing new. Since the emperor of Brazil spent three months in the United States in 1876, there have been three dozen such meetings.1

But until Air Force 1 touched down on March 19 in Brasília, Brazil's capital city, the pattern has always been the same: Each ...

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