Ambition, Federalism, and Legislative Politics in Brazil by David Samuels

By David Samuels

Ambition idea means that students can comprehend lots approximately politics through exploring politicians' profession pursuits. within the united states, an immense literature explains congressional politics by way of assuming that politicians essentially wish to win re-election. by contrast, even supposing Brazil's associations seem to motivate incumbency, politicians don't search to construct a occupation in the legislature. as an alternative, political ambition specializes in the subnational point. Even whereas serving within the legislature, Brazilian legislators act strategically to extra their destiny extra-legislative careers via serving as 'ambassadors' of subnational governments. Brazil's federal associations additionally have an effect on politicians' electoral customers and profession objectives, heightening the significance of subnational pursuits within the reduce chamber of the nationwide legislature. jointly, ambition and federalism aid clarify vital dynamics of executive-legislative family members in Brazil. This book's rational-choice institutionalist point of view contributes to the literature at the value of federalism and subnational politics to knowing national-level politics round the world.

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