Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil and leading international scholar on development and democracy, was recently awarded the prestigious Kluge Prize by the Library of Congress. The $1 million Kluge Prize recognizes and celebrates work of the highest quality and greatest impact in areas that advance understanding of the human experience.
President Cardoso’s acceptance speech is worth reading because it neatly ties together different strands of his path-breaking academic work and links it tightly to his impressive political and public policy accomplishments. A transcript of his acceptance speech can be found here. Many of the ideas and processes he sets out in the speech continue to resonate throughout Brazilian public policy on both the left and the right.