Brazilian Presidentialism: Implications for Public Policy

Invited Panel Presentation and Debate co-hosted by the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) and the Australian Centre for Federalism (ACF)

2015 Latin American and the Shifting Sands of Global Power Conference

Brazilian Presidentialism: Implications for Public Policy

Invitation-only workshop

Brazil has traditionally been described in the academic literature as a robust federal system where its 27 states and 5,665 municipalities have jurisdictional autonomy and policy implementation responsibilities across key public policy sectors. It has also been framed from a comparative politics perspective as a presidential-led coalitional system of government bringing together a unique configuration of variables in order to govern. What this has meant for public policy in Brazil is an increasing variation among different policy areas in terms of presidential prioritization and authority, vertical and horizontal state-society relations, shifting patterns of centralized versus decentralized command in the formulation and implementation of policy. By result, there is a rise in the diversity of policy models and practices responding to the different pressures and relations amongst decision-makers and centres of authority and corresponding shifts in transparency, accountability, efficiency/effectiveness and corruption across different public policy areas.


Prof. Leslie Armijo, Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Political Science Visiting Scholar, Portland State University, Oregon

Dr. Sean Burges, Lecture in SPIR, ANU and Deputy Director of ANCLAS

Dr. Fabricio Chagas-Basto, International Relations Research Centre, University of Sao Paulo, BR

Dr. Tracy Beck Fenwick, Lecturer in SPIR, ANU, and Director of ACF

Prof. Kathryn Hochstetler, Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Governance in the Americas, University of Waterloo, CA

Dr Fiona Macaulay, Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, University of Bradford, UK

Dr. Timothy J Power, Director of Brazilian Studies Program and Associate Professor of Brazilian Politics, University of Oxford, UK

Please RSVP at Eventbrite / by COB 21 August 2015.

For further information please contact Tracy B Fenwick E or Sean Burges E


                       08:45 – 09:15      Registration and coffee

                       09:15 – 09:30      Welcome and Introduction

09:30 – 10:15       Leslie Armijo -The Politics of Brazilian Infrastructure, from F.H. Cardoso to Dilma Rousseff”

10:15 – 10:30      Break

10:30 – 11:15      Tracy B Fenwick - Pro-Poor Policies under the PT from Lula to Dilma: Same, or different?”

11:15 – 12:00      Kathryn Hochstetler - “Shades of Green: Environmental Politics from Lula to Dilma”

                       12:00 – 13:30      Lunch

13:30 – 14:15      Fiona Macaulay - Police politics and presidents: Law-and-order policy from Cardoso to Dilma”

14:15 – 15:00      Sean Burges and Fabrício Chagas

                       15:00 – 15:15      Break

                       15:15 – 16:00      TBA

                       16:00 – 17:00      Timothy Power -closing remarks

                       17:00 - 17:45       Reception

Date & time

Thu 27 Aug 2015, 12am


The Drawing Room, University House, ANU


Tracy B Fenwick


Updated:  21 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications