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Elections and electoral strategies in a municipal context

Grant number: 23/14695-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2023
Effective date (End): November 30, 2025
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - State and Government
Principal Investigator:George Avelino Filho
Grantee:Marco Antonio Faganello
Host Institution: Escola de Administração de Empresas (EAESP). Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:19/27645-8 - Electoral strategies and public policies: what is the importance of municipalities?, AP.TEM


This postdoctoral project aims to investigate the relationship between different levels of government in electoral coordination conducted by political parties. The first phase of the research focused on mapping coalitions in state governments and their relationship with electoral coalitions. It identified 2,752 state secretaries in 5,506 observations, with party affiliation information available for 19.8% of them. The research now focuses on analyzing coalition formations in state elections, exploring the similarity between coalitions for governors and candidacies for state and federal deputies.This project proposes to continue the research by deepening the analysis of the use of coalitions in electoral coordination, particularly in municipal elections following changes in legislation. Two significant changes were highlighted: the limitation of the six largest parties in coalitions for majority positions in the distribution of free electoral propaganda time and the prohibition of coalitions in proportional elections.The problem addressed will be the relationship between coalitions for executive and proportional positions, with a history of restrictions that impact coalitions for councilors in cities. The project aims to understand how electoral coalitions coordinate parties at different levels and positions.The research will utilize data from coalitions for municipal executive and legislative positions from 2000 to 2020, with information sources such as CEPESPDATA and the TSE electoral data repository. The work will include descriptive analyses and the creation of coalition pattern typologies, taking into account legislative and institutional changes. These analyses will be essential for formulating hypotheses to be tested using statistical methods.

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