Brazilian Political Science Review

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 1, 2015

Brazilian Congress, 2014 Elections and Governability Challenges*
The following text is a research paper and as such, it does not intend to formulate a closed theoretical argument, thereby developing testable hypotheses; moreover, it does not claim to produce an empirical analysis of propositions. Its purpose is only...
Finally Together: Democracy and Reduction in Inequality in Latin America*
Finally Together: Democracy and Reduction in Inequality in Latin America* (HUBER, Evelyne and STEPHENS, John D. Democracy and the Left: Social Policy and Inequality in Latin America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012).During the last quarter...
In Search of the Latin American Variety of Capitalism*
In Search of the Latin American Variety of Capitalism* (SCHNEIDER, Ben Ross. Hierarchical Capitalism in Latin America: Business, Labor, and the Challenges of Equitable Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)The classical endeavor of...
Non-Domination and Political Institutions: The Contested Concept of Republican Democracy*
Over the past two decades, the concept of freedom as non-domination has become the main normative principle of neo-republicanism. Furthermore, as recently noted by Nadia Urbinati, a critic of this approach, "the neo-Roman republican theory of freedom...
On the Limits of Free Speech: Towards the Fair Value of Communicative Liberties*
To try to deny the citizen this freedom [of the pen], means withholding from the ruler all the knowledge of those matters which, if he knew about them, he would himself rectify, so that he is thereby put in a self-stultifying position. (Immanuel Kant...
The 2014 Elections and the Brazilian Party System*
Imagine a country with little political party tradition, where parties are relatively recent and organizationally fragile; where the majority of the electorate is more accustomed to valuing individual candidates than the available party labels and do...
The Impacts of Conditional Cash Transfers in Four Presidential Elections (2002-2014)*
Since after President Lula's reelection in 2006, the Bolsa Família Program (hereafter BFP) has captured the imagination of scholars, journalists, pundits, and the public alike, as a key determinant of presidential elections. Much scholarly ink has been...
The Institutional Presidency from a Comparative Perspective: Argentina and Brazil since the 1980s*
Presidents are undoubtedly the most powerful political actors in Latin American democracies. They enjoy significant policy-making powers in multiple policy realms as a means to influence the legislative agenda, control the allocation of resources, appoint...
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