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Determinants of politics state secretariats creation for women and their role in the coalition: the cases of São Paulo, Maranhão and Rio Grande do Sul

Grant number: 14/09962-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2014
Effective date (End): May 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - State and Government
Principal Investigator:George Avelino Filho
Grantee:Juliana Fabbron Marin Marin
Home Institution: Escola de Economia de São Paulo (EESP). Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/15658-1 - Subnational political institutions: a comparative study of Brazilian States, AP.TEM


How and why are women's rights agencies created at the subnational level in Brazil? This project explores two hypotheses - with in-depth case studies of São Paulo, Maranhão and Rio Grande do Sul - that might explain the creation of these agencies. We hypothesize that leftist governments are more likely to create women's rights agencies, and also more likely to appoint a member of the governor's party to head the agency. This might be explained due to the fact that women's rights lobbies are closer to leftist parties.