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Comittee assignment in Brazil

Grant number: 18/00013-9
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2018
Effective date (End): August 04, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - State and Government
Principal Investigator:Andréa Marcondes de Freitas
Grantee:Vitor Lacerda Vasquez
Supervisor abroad: Sebastian Saiegh
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:16/10421-1 - The strength of the committees in Brazil: recruitment and distribution preferences, BP.DR


Understanding the criteria for committee assignments sheds light on an important stage of the legislative process. According to the distributive theory, congressmen usually recruit themselves for the committees (i.e., self-selection). For the informational theory, this decision belongs to the majority of the plenary. On the other hand, party theorists assume that such prerogative belongs to party leaders. Until recently, the Brazilian committees seemed to have a secondary role. However, lately some researchers have been showing the relevance of these organs. Therefore, clarifying committee assign process in political systems in which committees have minor relevance is an important contribution to legislative studies. To do so, I will analyze the composition of all committees of the Chamber of Deputies at each year from the first government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995) until the end of the first government of Dilma Rousseff (2014). (AU)