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Jeni Vaitsman, Jose M. Ribeiro, and Lenaura Lobato

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306849

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306849.001.0001

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Modernisation of the State and Bureaucratic Capacity-Building in the Brazilian Federal Government

Modernisation of the State and Bureaucratic Capacity-Building in the Brazilian Federal Government

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(p.39) Four Modernisation of the State and Bureaucratic Capacity-Building in the Brazilian Federal Government
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Policy analysis in Brazil
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Celina Souza

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306849.003.0004

Particularist relations are increasingly giving way to technical competences and universal procedures as the basis for forming the public bureaucracy. The chapter examines the role of the bureaucratic system as one of the factors that played a decisive part in modernising the Brazilian state by professionalising on the basis of technical and scientific expertise, formalising rules, and standardising procedures. Focusing on methods of recruiting for the bureaucracy, the chapter shows that, particularly from the 2000s onwards, greater professionalisation, oversight of the bureaucracy and recruitment by competitive examination indicate that Brazil's democracy is being strengthened. It is argued that in spite of the multiple mechanisms used by different governments and political regimes to recruit for the bureaucracy, the federal executive was always able to construct bureaucratic capabilities to meet its priorities.

Keywords:   Policy analysis, Bureaucratic capacity, Modernisation of the state, Federal government, Brazil

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