17 agosto, 2009

RESEARCH WORKSHOP ON BRAZILIAN CONGRESS, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

RESEARCH WORKSHOP ON BRAZILIAN CONGRESS, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD,

25 September 2009, University of Oxford


“Legislator Views of Brazilian Governance”

organized by the Brazilian Studies Programme,

University of Oxford

with support from Santander Universities and from IUPERJ

Friday, 25 September 2009, 10:00-18:00

Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square

University of Oxford

Co-organised by Timothy J. Power (University of Oxford)

and Cesar Zucco Jr. (IUPERJ and Princeton University)

This workshop brings together a group of specialists on the

Brazilian legislature and political system to discuss recent

developments in the National Congress, with special attention

given to a new survey of federal legislators completed in July

2009. The IUPERJ-Oxford Legislative Survey (Pesquisa Legislativa

IUPERJ-Oxford, or PLIO) polled approximately 140 Brazilian

deputies and senators between March and July of this year,

seeking their views on ideology, legislative activity,

institutional design, social policy, state reform, and foreign

policy, among other issues. The PLIO 2009 survey is the sixth

wave of a longitudinal project initiated in 1990, covering all of

the legislatures elected under the current Brazilian democratic

regime. Over 800 different members of the Brazilian Congress have

now recorded their attitudes and opinions in the project

database, which affords unparalleled insights into the political

class and democratic consolidation in Brazil. The co-principal

investigators in PLIO 2009, Timothy Power and Cesar Zucco, are

now in the process of unifying and standardizing all six waves of

field data in order to build a definitive, integrated dataset on

Brazilian legislative opinion. The unified six-wave dataset will

be made public before the end of 2009 and details will be

announced in the BRASA Digest.

The aim of the workshop on “Legislator Views of Brazilian

Governance” is to use the new PLIO 2009 data to investigate

several questions at the forefront of politics as the Lula era

draws to a close. Have Brazilian political parties converged

toward the ideological center in the present decade? Do

professional politicians hold consistent opinions on questions of

political reform? How do legislators view their own roles and

tasks as elected representatives? Do politicians think nationally

or locally when it comes to public policy? Given Brazil’s

coalition-based political system, under what conditions might we

expect parties to form electoral alliances or multiparty

cabinets? Do national elites view social policy (e.g. Bolsa

Família) in the same ways as ordinary citizens? The workshop will

feature eight papers on these and related topics, all of which

are currently being debated as Brazil completes a quarter century

of democracy. Presenters include David Samuels, Kevin Lucas,

Leany Lemos, Paolo Ricci, Eduardo Leoni, Valeria Palanza, Lucio

Rennó, Carlos Pereira, Natasha Borges Sugiyama, Timothy Power,

and Cesar Zucco Jr.

This is a research workshop and space is limited. If you are

interested in attending, please send an email to Mr David

Robinson, administrator of the Latin American Centre

(david.robinson@lac.ox.ac.uk). Registration will open on

September 1st, 2009.

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