Political Institutions and Public Expenditure: A Comparative Analysis of Brazilian States

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One of the main aspects of Brazilian redemocratization was the decentralization of political and administrative powers. Such process features as a historical novelty in that it changed Brazilian federalism, increasing the importance of state and municipal governments. This historical change brought about an enhancement of bibliographical production on local power in Brazil. Most of the studies, however, have concentrated on analyses of municipalities. Thus, comparative knowledge of state policies is still arguably lacking. This scarcity is furthermore aggravated by another one: little is known about the effects of institutions and of the political game on Brazilian public budget. The main objective of this research is investigating the effects of institutions and of the political modus operandi on the allocation of public resources in the state level. The research seeks to survey two groups of variables: the first prioritizes the electoral aspect, and the second, the governmental one. The freshness of this research lies in its seeking to gather more empirical and comparative knowledge on state policy and its effect on the distribution of public resources. Another point is the building of an unprecedented data bank on the subject, which shall be rendered available to all the academic community, in association with the Brazilian Political Science Association (ABCP).  This is a four-years project.

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Ana Paula Massonetto


Guilherme M. Martinelli;  Gustavo Bergamini; Gabriel Bellion; Tiago H. Belmar

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