Ambition, Federalism, and Legislative Politics in Brazil by David Samuels

By David Samuels

This booklet explores the translation of politicians' profession targets. participants search to win repeated reelection, within the U.S. condominium of Representatives and political scientists have assumed that reelection motivates politicians in every single place. despite the fact that, politicians in Brazil see the nationwide legislature as a stepping-stone to "higher" workplace, in country and/or neighborhood govt. Making definitely the right assumption approximately politicians' profession pursuits leads to a greater figuring out of the political approaches. This booklet improves on earlier "rational selection" analyses via discovering political profession goals and exploring real-world implications.

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Notably, while few deputies expressed much interest in staying in the legislature, politicians typically expressed views like the one belonging to this ex-deputy: The legislature was, for me, an accidental journey. I never felt like ‘a legislator,’ I never fully realized my potential there. 25 Control over valuable political resources gives governors power over deputies’ careers: if the deputy opposes the governor, either at the state or the national level, the governor can exclude him or her from the distribution of “credit,” or refuse his requests to land his cronies plum jobs.

75 times more money than do winning state deputy candidates, and winning senate candidates declare about four times more than winning federal deputy candidates. S. ) Little information exists regarding the costs of mayoral races in Brazil or the United States, but for Brazil we can compare the relative costs of a ˜ Paulo state with that for mayor of Sao ˜ Paulo campaign for governor of Sao ˜ Paulo in 1994 spent at city. $10 million (Veja 9/11/96, p. 8–15). Although lack of information impedes generalizing, this finding at least implies that mayoral races in the larger cities may generally be quite expensive, much more so on average than a race for deputy.

Interview with Luiz Gonzaga Belluzo. 22 Ambition, Federalism, and Politics in Brazil over 5,500 municipalities, ranging in size from tiny hamlets of a few hundred ˜ Paulo, with a population of nearly 10 million. Mayors souls to the city of Sao serve four-year terms, and can run for one consecutive or as many nonconsecutive terms as they please. Like the other positions, while a mayor may make a good salary, political power is what makes the position attractive: in every municipality, the mayor is the local political “boss,” the person the people turn to with requests.

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