Ambition, Federalism, and Legislative Politics in Brazil

Ambition, Federalism, and Legislative Politics in Brazil

by David Samuels
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521030625

ISBN-13: 9780521030625

Pub. Date: 08/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores the interpretation of politicians' career goals. Members seek to win repeated reelection, in the U.S. House of Representatives and political scientists have assumed that reelection motivates politicians everywhere. However, politicians in Brazil see the national legislature as a stepping-stone to "higher" office, in state and/or local government.…  See more details below

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This book explores the interpretation of politicians' career goals. Members seek to win repeated reelection, in the U.S. House of Representatives and political scientists have assumed that reelection motivates politicians everywhere. However, politicians in Brazil see the national legislature as a stepping-stone to "higher" office, in state and/or local government. Making the right assumption about politicians' career goals results in a better understanding of the political processes. This book improves on previous "rational choice" analyses by researching political career objectives and exploring real-world implications.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521030625
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Ambition Theory and Political Careers in Brazil13
2In the Absence of Congressional Careerism: Short Stints, Flat Hierarchies, and Low Payoffs in the Chamber of Deputies35
3Progressive Ambition and Congressional "Hot Seats" in Brazil, 1945-199848
4Labyrinths of Power, Brazilian Style: Post-Chamber Political Careers58
5The "Gubernatorial Coattails Effect": Federalism and Congressional Elections in Brazil79
6On the Political (In)Efficacy of Pork-Barreling in the Chamber of Deputies111
7Progressive Ambition, Federalism, and Pork-Barreling in Brazil134
8Institutions of Their Own Design? Democratization and Fiscal Decentralization in Brazil, 1975-1995157
9The Cardoso Administration and Changes in Brazilian Federalism177
App. 1Coding of Political Positions by Level of Government213
App. 2List of Interviews215
References221
Author Index241
Subject Index244

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