Constitutional Engineering in Brazil

The Politics of Federalism and Decentralization

  • Celina Souza

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 181-211

About this book


The book investigates why a country facing issues that needed to be tackled nationwide chose to decentralize when it moved from authoritarianism to democracy. It discusses the events of the Brazilian constituent assembly and investigates the results of decentralization at the subnational sphere. The results suggest that there was a lack of social consensus on what was to be achieved by decentralization. They suggest that political and economic factors influence the outcomes of decentralization, thus exposing the limits of decentralization on policy results.


conflict constitution democracy federalism government Policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Celina Souza
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal University of Bahia-BrazilSalvadorBrazil

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