Ambition, Federalism, and Legislative Politics in Brazil

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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.
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"[Makes] an original argument ... by combining a study of legislative politics with the study of federalism ... [Samuels] provides the reader with a well-articulated and fairly comprehensive tour of contemporary Brazilian politics."
The Americas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521030625
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • 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
Introduction 1
1 Ambition Theory and Political Careers in Brazil 13
2 In the Absence of Congressional Careerism: Short Stints, Flat Hierarchies, and Low Payoffs in the Chamber of Deputies 35
3 Progressive Ambition and Congressional "Hot Seats" in Brazil, 1945-1998 48
4 Labyrinths of Power, Brazilian Style: Post-Chamber Political Careers 58
5 The "Gubernatorial Coattails Effect": Federalism and Congressional Elections in Brazil 79
6 On the Political (In)Efficacy of Pork-Barreling in the Chamber of Deputies 111
7 Progressive Ambition, Federalism, and Pork-Barreling in Brazil 134
8 Institutions of Their Own Design? Democratization and Fiscal Decentralization in Brazil, 1975-1995 157
9 The Cardoso Administration and Changes in Brazilian Federalism 177
App. 1 Coding of Political Positions by Level of Government 213
App. 2 List of Interviews 215
References 221
Author Index 241
Subject Index 244
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