Argelina Figueiredo

Argelina Figueiredo
Rio de Janeiro State University | UERJ · Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos

PhD University of Chicago

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This chapter analyzes the expansion of political participation in Brazil between 1945 and 2010. During this time, the country lived under three different political regimes: two democratic (1945–1964, 1985–2010) and one authoritarian (1964–1985). The analysis focuses on electoral participation, showing how social inequality impacted voters’ ability...
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Entrevista com a Professora Argelina Cheibub Figueiredo.
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The paper addresses the current Brazilian political crisis. It first discusses the return to traditional interpretations that see the combination between a presidential regime and a multiparty system as the main cause of the crisis. The paper criticizes this view and reasserts the more positive view about the Brazilian political system that merged...
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The paper addresses the current Brazilian political crisis. It first discusses the return to traditional interpretations that see the combination between a presidential regime and a multiparty system as the main cause of the crisis. The paper criticizes this view and reasserts the more positive view about the Brazilian political system that merged...
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Argelina Cheibub Figueiredo and Fernando Limongi show that the political institutions and parliamentary modus operandi ensure the executive’s capacity to act, in spite of a number of—ultimately only theoretical—inadequacies. In the context of the institutional structure established in 1988, the country showed itself capable of overcoming, at least...
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The vision that minority governments are anomalies in parliamentary systems has been long abandoned. In presidential systems, however, minority governments are still seen as problematic, especially when combined with unilateral powers of the president. This paper analyzes government formation in an original sample of 14 Latin American countries bet...
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Während der ersten Dekade nach Inkrafttreten der brasilianischen Verfassung von 1988 hat sich in der Fachliteratur eine negative Sicht der Funktionalität des brasilianischen politischen Systems etabliert. Die Ursachen hierfür werden vorrangig in den institutionellen Weichenstellungen der verfassungsgebenden Versammlung gesehen. Die Weiterführung de...
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Parliamentary and Presidential Regimes, Yale University
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In the fall of 1992, Fernando Collor de Melo, the first popularly elected president in Brazil after twenty-nine years of military rule, was impeached by the Chamber of Deputies and he was deprived of his political rights (cassado) by the Senate. At the time, the prospects for Brazilian democracy seemed dim. Later developments showed otherwise, howe...
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According to a widely held view of Brazilian politics, part of the difficulty Presidents experience in governing the country stems from the fact that national legislators respond to pressures from the States rather than from the national government. Based on the argument, governors use their institutional position not only to influence national deb...
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According to a widely held view of Brazilian politics, part of the difficulty Presidents experience in governing the country stems from the fact that national legislators respond to pressures from the States rather than from the national government. Based on the argument, governors use their institutional position not only to influence national deb...
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This article examines the relative importance of regional and national forces in shaping the behavior of Brazilian legislators at the national level. A widely held view is that national legislators respond to state pressures in making decisions, rather than pressures from the national government. Governors not only can influence national debates bu...
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The article challenges the contention that individual amendments are crucial for a system of exchanging favors with the Administration by members of Congress interested in distributive policies as a way of guaranteeing their reelection. By analyzing funds allocated through Congressional amendments, their distribution in different government program...
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Este artigo procura identificar o papel desempenhado pelo Estado durante os anos 1990 para assegurar a satisfação das "necessidades básicas" da população pobre no Brasil. Com base em dois surveys sobre o acesso dos 40% domicílios mais pobres da cidade de São Paulo a serviços públicos e políticas sociais, demonstra-se que a atuação do Estado continu...
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The article challenges the contention that individual amendments are crucial for a system of exchanging favors with the Administration by members of Congress interested in distributive policies as a way of guaranteeing their reelection. By analyzing funds allocated through Congressional amendments, their distribution in different government program...
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The article challenges the contention that individual amendments are crucial for a system of exchanging favors with the Administration by members of Congress interested in distributive policies as a way of guaranteeing their reelection. By analyzing funds allocated through Congressional amendments, their distribution in different government program...
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Este artigo procura identificar o papel desempenhado pelo Estado durante os anos 1990 para assegurar a satisfação das “necessidades básicas” da população pobre no Brasil. Com base em dois surveys sobre o acesso dos 40% domicílios mais pobres da cidade de São Paulo a serviços públicos e políticas sociais, demonstra-se que a atuação do Estado continu...
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This chapter examines role of Congress as an agency of horizontal accountability in Brazil. It is argued that although Congress' direct oversight role is diminished, its indirect role remains critical. The information it provides through its oversight mechanisms is essential for groups in society to activate other accountability mechanisms, which i...
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This article challenges the interpretations concerning participation by Brazilian legislators in the budget process focused on incentives generated by the electoral legislation. We show that the rules and regulations governing the budget process affect the distribution of funds both between branches of government and within the legislative branch i...
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This article challenges the interpretations concerning participation by Brazilian legislators in the budget process focused on incentives generated by the electoral legislation. We show that the rules and regulations governing the budget process affect the distribution of funds both between branches of government and within the legislative branch i...
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The article presents an analysis of the parliamentary committees investigations formed in the lower house from 1946 to 1999. It examines the incidence of this type of oversight action under different political regimes and the use of other kinds of oversight activities in the period after the 1988 constitution. The article aims to show how instituti...
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The article presents an analysis of the parliamentary committees investigations formed in the lower house from 1946 to 1999. It examines the incidence of this type of oversight action under different political regimes and the use of other kinds of oversight activities in the period after the 1988 constitution. The article aims to show how instituti...
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The article examines the effects of changes in constitutional and internal legislative regulations on the performance of the House of Representatives in law making. It presents an analysis of the flow of bills in the Lower House and the legal output in the post 1988 Constitution period, showing, on the one hand, the importance of the executive in t...
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Brazilian presidents have had considerable success in getting their agendas approved in the congress, contrary to the conventional wisdom regarding the functioning of the Brazilian multiparty presidential system. They have succeeded by relying on the support of disciplined parties. The agenda powers held by the president and party leaders allow the...
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This article tries to analyses the government of FHC as part of a more general pattern of Executive-Legislative relationship which are featured by a strong concentration of power in the hands of the President and the Party leaders as well. The centralization of the decisions that is noticed in this government has institutional basis, distinguishing...
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Contesta-se a idéia de que a Constituição brasileira de 1988 deixou intocada a base institucional que determina a lógica do funcionamento do sistema político. Assinalam-se mudanças significativas, como o aumento do poder legislativo do presidente da República e os novos mecanismos de controle da ação parlamentar postos à disposição das lideranças p...
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The article proposes a way of putting together two things which usually are dealt with separatedly: the philosophic discussion on principles of justice and the evaluation of social policies.
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The durability of cabinets has been the main parameter to evaluate parliamentary cabinets. Government performance in presidential systems is measured by the executive capacity to enact its legislative agenda. In a separation of power system, minority executives are even more constrained. The paper analyzes the legislative performance and durability...
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RESUMO As dificuldades enfrentadas pelo governo para aprovar sua proposta de reforma da previdên-cia e os resultados por ele obtidos podem ser explicados pela natureza das medidas propostas e pelas regras de disputa no Congresso Nacional. Essas medidas são "politicamente inviáveis" porque impõem perdas certas e imediatas a grupos de eleitores, em t...
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A Constituição de 1988 garante ao Presidente de República o controle da agenda legislativa. O poder do executivo, portanto, é institucional, garantido pela Carta Constitucional. Os constituintes preservaram as vantagens institucionais com que o regime militar havia dotado o Poder Executivo. Nas áreas de maior interesse, como tributação, orçamentaçã...

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