By David Samuels
This booklet explores the translation of politicians' occupation objectives. participants search to win repeated reelection, within the U.S. apartment of Representatives and political scientists have assumed that reelection motivates politicians all over. notwithstanding, politicians in Brazil see the nationwide legislature as a stepping-stone to "higher" workplace, in nation and/or neighborhood govt. Making the appropriate assumption approximately politicians' occupation pursuits leads to a greater knowing of the political methods. This e-book improves on earlier "rational selection" analyses by means of gaining knowledge of political profession goals and exploring real-world implications.
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One politician encapsulated his colleagues’ views and afﬁrmed that There’s a strong tendency for a person in the legislature to have interest in a position in the executive. Either as governor or mayor of a good-sized city. These are more able to establish their presence politically, to stand out more. Governors and mayors have the power, like the president, to set their own budget and distribute resources, which of course brings beneﬁts to the executive. 34 Given only deputies’ comments about the beneﬁts of ofﬁce, a seat in Congress appears to hold but a middling position.
Many deputies win reelection several times, only to leave during each term for a “better” position outside the Chamber, in their home state. They exhibit congressional careerism in one sense, but in the more important sense they do not. See Chapter 4 for more details on this phenomenon. 29 Interview with Joao ˜ Henrique. Interview with Luiz Gonzaga Belluzo. 22 Ambition, Federalism, and Politics in Brazil over 5,500 municipalities, ranging in size from tiny hamlets of a few hundred ˜ Paulo, with a population of nearly 10 million.
S. politicians value a House seat much more than a seat in a state legislature relative to their Brazilian counterparts. 38 I use 1986 ﬁgures for the United States because that is the year I found information on state legislative elections. $397,000, so the difference is not that great (FEC 1998). 26 Ambition, Federalism, and Politics in Brazil In sum, in Brazil the most expensive race is that for governor. Appointed positions are of course the “cheapest,” although typically a politician has to spend a great deal of money to reach the level at which he or she would be considered a signiﬁcant “player” to be considered for appointment.
Ambition, Federalism, and Legislative Politics in Brazil by David Samuels