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.