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Social Christian party: organization and distribution of power

Grant number: 16/22332-3
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): February 15, 2017
Effective date (End): May 14, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science
Principal Investigator:Maria Do Socorro Sousa Braga
Grantee:Priscilla Leine Cassotta
Supervisor abroad: Bartolini Stefano
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : European University Institute (EUI), Italy  
Associated to the scholarship:15/17574-5 - PSC: organization and distribution of power, BP.DR


The objective of this project is to analyze the organizational transformation of Social Christian Party - PSC, especially to internal changes promoted by the elites of the party and its possible consequences and conflicts, since this party focuses Catholic and evangelical, often with conflicting interests. Thus, the main question that guides this research is that: how does the distribution of political power among ecclesiastic parties, like the PSC, happen? Our hypothesis is that with the growth of the evangelical segment, the PSC gradually approached the Pentecostal and neo-Pentecostal churches. In this direction, the links and resources from this Christian segment have become more important to organizational survival of the party. For this purpose, given the specificity of our theme, the theoretical approach that we used is guided by the institutionalism of rational choice and historical institutionalism. (AU)