Belindia se ha pronunciado

SANTIAGO – Hace cuarenta años, el economista brasileño Edmar Bacha bautizó a su país como Belindia, combinando una Bélgica próspera y moderna con una India pobre y atrasada. Según muchos observadores, en los comicios presidenciales del domingo pasado, la India al interior de Brasil reeligió a la presidenta Dilma Rousseff, mientras que la parte belga votó por el social demócrata Aécio Neves. Como la India es más grande, ganó Rousseff.

Dicha tesis está en vías de convertirse en la interpretación convencional de la elección en Brasil, la más reñida y enconada de los últimos tiempos. Y es fácil entender porqué. En el subdesarrollado nordeste del país, Dilma (en Brasil se conoce a políticos, tanto como a futbolistas, por su nombre de pila) arrasó con los votos.

En el sur de Brasil, que es relativamente rico y responsable del 70% de la producción económica, Aécio triunfó con facilidad. Una división similar surge cuando se clasifica a los votantes según su grado de dependencia de transferencias públicas (alto en el noreste) o sus años de escolaridad (elevados en el sur).

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