FGV Professor launches book at American Political Science Association
FGV's Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE) professor, Carlos Pereira, has just launched the book Making Brazil Work: Checking the President in the Multiparty System at the annual conference of the American Political Science Association (APSA) - considered to be one of most important academic events on political science studies and research in the world.
The work was done in partnership with the professor of the Federal University of Pernambuco, Marcus André Melo, and presents an analysis of the Brazilian political system - showing that multiparty presidential regimes generate democratic stability in the country.
In Carlos' opinion, the current system is efficient because whilst the president has strong authority, he is monitored by various institutions such as the Judicial Power and the Public Ministry. Contrary to what we have witnessed between 1946 and 1964, in which we had a chaotic system where there was a weakened and unpopular presidential regime, today we have a political system that operates nicely, he says.
The publication also counts on a postface of authors about the recent demonstrations in Brazil, where they state that society demands public policies of quality and not a change in the political system. Carlos points out that, when the government meets the expectations of the population in relation to services such as basic education and health, satisfaction will increase.
I believe that my book presents a different perspective on the topic, which will arouse the curiosity of readers. While other studies criticize the current system, I say exactly the opposite, says the professor.
At the meeting, he also presented two unpublished papers: Does Legislative Work Help Reelection: Ambition, Reelection, and Legislative Performance at the Subnational Level in Brazil and The Surprising Strength of Checks and Balance Organizations in Brazil, and participated in a round table on changes in Brazilian democracy.
The conference took place between August 28 and September 2, in Chicago, in the United States.