Dados is one of the most widely-read social sciences journals in Latin America. Created in 1966, it publishes innovative works, originating from academic research, by Brazilian and foreign authors. Edited by IESP-UERJ, it aims to reconcile scientific rigor and academic excellence with an emphasis on public debate based on the analysis of substantive issues of society and politics.
Analysis of the functioning of Brazilian political institutions is permeated by an immense and complex interpretative debate, with broad implications for contemporary political science. There are numerous studies on the theme, but they are practically polar in their interpretation of policy drafting and implementation in current Brazilian democracy. This article aims to analyze the terms of this debate, developing a conceptual framework to help understand the policy-making processes, especially decision-making in matters pertaining to economic policy and structural reforms in the state and economic organization.
Keywords: political institutions, Brazilian politics, political systemHow to govern Brazil? The debate on political institutions and the policy-making process