Political psychologists often contemplate the significance of their research--theoretical, empirical--for the practice of politics. Too often, seemingly valuable research is ignored, discounted, misperceived, and misapplied by political practitioners. Yet occasionally researchers practice politics as well--not just the politics of everyday life--but the formal politics of local, regional, national, and international entities. In the United States, Woodrow Wilson, Eugene McCarthy, and even Newt Gingrich come immediately to mind. What will be the interaction of research and practice when both are developed and implemented by the same individual? Dr. Ted Goertzel of Rutgers University has written the following article concerning another researcher-practitioner--Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil. The paper will be published within IBPP in installments and was presented at the Third Conference on Political Behavior in Brazil and Latin America, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil, June 11-13, 1997. (It has previously been published in the magazine, Brazzil.) Dr. Goertzel can be reached at goertzel@crab.rutgers.edu.