Dados vol. 54 n. 1 Rio de Janeiro 2011

A força dos partidos "fracos"

Guarnieri, Fernando


The aim of this article is to fill some gaps in research on the Brazilian electoral arena. The current literature, by neglecting the study of party organization, ends up overlooking fundamental questions for understanding how the electoral process works. This study addressed two questions: How do Brazilian parties work? What is the impact of party organization on a party's decision to launch or withhold a candidate in a given election? We intend to show that the parties have more life than many studies on our political system tend to show. This partisan life helps understand one of the central aspects of the electoral arena, that is, how pre-election coordination occurs.

Palavras-chave: parties; party organization; electoral coordination; entry models.

DOI: 10.1590/S0011-52582011000100007

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A força dos partidos "fracos"