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Bringing the Context Back In: Political Participation and Inequality in Brazil

April 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Brazil Research Seminar Series invites you to its discussion titled,“Bringing the Context Back In: Political Participation and Inequality in Brazil” with Pedro Floriano Ribeiro, Brazilian Fulbright Chair in Democracy and Human Development, Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame.

Pedro Floriano Ribeiro will spend spring 2018 at the Kellogg Institute (University of Notre Dame) as the Brazilian Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Democracy and Human Development. He is Professor of Politics at the Federal University of Sao Carlos (Brazil) and Associate Editor of the Brazilian Political Science Review, published by the Brazilian Political Science Association (ABCP). He was Celso Furtado Visiting Professor at Cambridge University, St John’s College (2015-16), and he won the 2009 CAPES Prize of Theses (Ministry of Education) and the 2014 Olavo Brasil de Lima Award (ABCP), for his works about the Workers’ Party (PT) in Brazil.

The influence of contextual factors on levels and patterns of political participation is an under-researched topic (Pippa Norris, 2007). The decline of party membership (and other traditional modes of participation) in advanced democracies is typically explained through individual factors, such as education, income and political beliefs, based on survey data. The literature fails to explain this phenomenon in new democracies, and the substantial differences within countries. Relying on aggregate data at the municipal level, the research employs demand-side and contextual variables to explain variations in party membership levels across the 5,570 Brazilian municipalities. We explore three groups of variables and hypotheses: 1) socioeconomic factors (Municipal Human Development Index, density of civil society, shares of population with internet access and with tertiary education, and GDP per capita); 2) institutional factors (polity size and the number of local party organizations); 3) and clientelistic variables (weight of public sector in local GDP, share of public sector employees of total population, complexity of local bureaucracy, and the share of political appointees of total civil servants). The presentation will address the first findings of this ongoing project.

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Date:
April 19, 2018
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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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New York, NY 10027 United States
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212-854-4643
Website:
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