State Capacity of the Federal Bureaucracy in Brazil, 1980

Conclusion: 2015
Associated Researchers

Katherine Bersch, Matthew Taylor, Beatriz Rey, Maíra Pontin, Ana Carolina Nunes, Rafael Papadopoli


Since the 1990’s, the literature about federal bureaucracy in Brazil has emphasized the existence of “islands of excelence” next to the patronage and the inefficiency of the agencies. The data that supports this divison, however, are old and too qualitative. This research provides two types of indicators about the capability and autonomy of the brazilian agencies in order to verify, firstly, if the claim of “islands of excelence” supports itself currently and secondly, if the possible influence of the bureaucratic capability on the substantive performance of different agencies.