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Confronting total systemic failure? The May 2018 truckers' strike in Brazil

Published on Jul 8, 2019in Systems Research and Behavioral Science 1.05
· DOI :10.1002/sres.2603
Sandro Luis Schlindwein5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UFSC: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina),
Ray Ison30
Estimated H-index: 30
(OU: Open University)
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In May 2018, truckers in Brazil went on strike for 10 days to protest against rising diesel prices and for better freight payments. The strike caused an unprecedented level of disruption in many supply-and-distribution networks affecting almost all sectors of the economy and the society. Using causal loop diagrams (CLDs) within a systemic-inquiry approach, an analysis of the circumstances that led to the strike and the resulting systemic failures is developed. Although the main driver of the strike was the fuel-price policy of Petrobras, a semipublic Brazilian corporation in the petroleum industry, the level of the observed disruption was primarily the result of a cascade of failures in a range of coupled systems. From the circumstances that led to the strike and its disruptive effects, lessons for future policy are reported making evident the need for transformative governance arrangements, particularly innovative governance practices to prevent failure and disruption in highly interconnected systems.
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