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Grant number: 15/09185-9
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: September 01, 2015 - June 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Law - Public Law
Principal researcher:Murilo Gaspardo
Grantee:Murilo Gaspardo
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais (FCHS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Franca. Franca , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Mauro Ferreira


This project has as main objective to analyze the contribution of the approval of amendments to the Organic Laws of the Target Program for the social control of public policies and the improvement of democracy in its participatory dimension. It is an important institutional innovation approved in thirty-nine Brazilian cities and at least six other countries in South America, from movements of civil society initiatives. The rules instituted the requirement of Mayors present targets programs based on proposals that have defended during election campaigns, which, combined with a set of complementary institutions, has as objectives: to qualify the electoral debate, contribute to the planning practice in Public Administration and strengthen the social control of public policies. Specifically, we intend to: verify if the standards are being met formally and materially; understand the reasons for non-compliance or compliance (to varying degrees), as well as the possible production of not expected effects; and present possible proposals for legislative change. The research will be limited in time to the period between January 2013 and December 2014 and, spatially, about the ten cities of São Paulo State whose mayors presented their Target Program for the 2013 - 2016 management. The theory of participatory democracy and understanding of public policy as a set of processes will be used in research as theoretical- analytical references. The research will combine the problematic and systematic methods, standing at standing at legislative evaluation. The general technique that will be used is to compare cases using documentary analysis and semi-structured interviews, as well as a review of the relevant literature. (AU)