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Parliamentary elites: trajectories and careers of state assembly members 1947-1963

Grant number: 19/21369-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2020
Effective date (End): July 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science
Principal Investigator:Paolo Ricci
Grantee:Larissa Rodrigues Vacari de Arruda
Home Institution: Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This project is an attempt to consolidate a more broader research agenda about Brazilian representative institutions in the period of 1945-1964. Specifically, the purpose of the study is to investigate the forms of recruitment through transformation of the parliamentary profile and career of seven states (Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Ceará and Goiás). The research about this period and the literature of parliamentary recruitment commonly is focused on National Congress, while the state's Assemblies are much less is known and these studies often consider only one Assembly in the post-1988. How someone becomes assembly member? Did exist differences among political trajectories in the different states and in relation with national level? For this, we will build an Assemblies members database considering recruitment types, hierarchies, political professionalization and trajectories; finally, it will be possible to compare the parliamentary careers. Conduct research about states is justified by the relevance of these unities as political actors. Furthermore, the relations among subnational units can expose the dynamics of national politics; as well we can understand better the Brazilians states specially those less studied. Comparing states is an interpretative model to boost knowledge about the whole national politics. Findings of the research will contribute to the understanding about democratization, political parties in legislative, regionalism, federalism, and comparative perspective. (AU)