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Bicameral Politics: The Dynamics of Lawmaking in Brazil

Hiroi, Taeko (2006) Bicameral Politics: The Dynamics of Lawmaking in Brazil. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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What accounts for legislative capacity? Legislative capacity is the efficiency and effectiveness of the executive and legislative branches in lawmaking. Much literature in political science has addressed this important question. I join the discussion by examining the impact of bicameralism on legislative capacity and outcomes. I argue that bicameralism affects legislative capacity but its effects are conditioned by the location of preferences, inter-chamber bargaining, and legislative rules. Using Brazil as a case, I uncover the ways in which the inter-chamber interplays and their interaction with the executive influence legislative processes and their outcomes. First, an event history analysis of Brazilian legislative data (1988-2004) examines legislative approval and rejection as well as their timing. Next, I conduct case studies of key legislative issues in post-authoritarian Brazil (pension reform, presidential decree authority, gun control, and political reform). Evidence provides support for the arguments of this dissertation.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairAmes, Barrybarrya@pitt.eduBARRYA
Committee MemberPérez-Liñán, Aníbalasp27@pitt.eduASP27
Committee MemberCarman, Christopher Jancarman@pitt.eduCARMAN
Committee Member Hallerberg,
Committee MemberKeech, William
Date: 7 July 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 19 August 2005
Approval Date: 7 July 2006
Submission Date: 21 August 2005
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bicameralism; Brazil; Congress; executive-legislative relations; gridlock; legislative politics
Other ID:, etd-08212005-173650
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:00
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:49


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