Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2008.
Book — 1 online resource (xv, 227 pages) : illustrations
Courts and public policy reform in Brazil
The puzzling policy influence of Brazil's federal courts
Policy type and judicial contestation
The Supreme Federal Tribunal and veto players in Brazilian politics
Judicial contestation of policy : political parties
Judicial contestation of policy : the OAB
Courts in the policy process : pension reform in cross-national perspective.
Courts, like other government institutions, shape public policy. But how are they drawn into the policy process, and how are patterns of policy debate shaped by the institutional structure of the courts? Drawing on the experience of the Brazilian federal courts since the transition to democracy, this book examines the judiciary's role in public policy debates. During a period of energetic policy reform, the high salience of many policies, combined with the conducive institutional structure of the judiciary, ensured that Brazilian courts would become an important institution at the heart of the policy process.
Book — 1 online resource (xviii, 233 pages) : illustrations
Brazilian labor legislation and the origins debate : gifts bestowed and fascist impositions
The scholarly politics of Brazilian labor law
The CLT in practice : a generosity akin to fraud
For the English to see? The CLT in foreign and domestic perspective
The enigma of Brazilian labor law : Vargas and the government's bureaucratic Trabalhista Empire, 1950-1954
Labor law through the prism of subjectivity : legal consciousness, grievances, and class mobilization
The politics of aphorism : the social question as a police matter (caso de polićia).
Since 1943, the lives of Brazilian working people and their employers have been governed by the Consolidation of Labor Laws (CLT). Seen as the end of an exclusively repressive approach, the CLT was long hailed as one of the world's most advanced bodies of social legislation. In Drowning in Laws, John D. French examines the juridical origins of the CLT and the role it played in the cultural and political formation of the Brazilian working class. Focusing on the relatively open political era known as the Populist Republic of 1945 to 1964, French illustrates the glaring contrast between the generosity of the CLT's legal promises and the meager justice meted out in workplaces, government ministries, and labor courts. He argues that the law, from the outset, was more an ideal than a set of enforceable regulations - there was no intention on the part of leaders and bureaucrats to actually practice what was promised, yet workers seized on the CLT's utopian premises while attacking its systemic flaws. In the end, French says, the labor laws became ""real"" in the workplace only to the extent that workers struggled to turn the imaginary ideal into reality. (source: Nielsen Book Data)