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The Constitution of Brazil: A Contextual Analysis


ISBN13: 9781849465359
Published: May 2019
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This book aims to offer an original and comprehensive analysis of Brazilian constitutional law and to show how the 1988 Constitution has been a cornerstone in Brazil's institutional stability.

To achieve this goal, the book begins with an analysis of the long road to institutional stability, by presenting a short history of Brazilian constitutionalism, with a special focus on the transition from authoritarianism to democracy which led to the promulgation of the 1988 Constitution.

The following chapters deal with the organisation of powers, beginning with a chapter dedicated to the National Congress, in which the electoral system and the law-making process are analysed; the next chapter presents the peculiarities of the executive power in Brazil: a strong president and the so-called coalition presidentialism; finally, the Brazilian Supreme Court is analysed using three concepts: independence, activism, and extreme publicity.

In relation to the distribution of powers, the following chapter aims to explain Brazilian federalism, showing how federal power-sharing in Brazil functions. The final chapters analyse the protection of rights (with special attention to the implementation of social rights) and the protection of the constitutional order under the 1988 Constitution.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Latin America
Contents:
I. An Overview of the 1988 Constitution
II. Fundamental Rights
III. Presidential System
IV. Federalism
V. A Note on Translations and References
1. A Long and Winding Road to the 1988 Constitution:
    I. An Overview of Brazilian Political Organisation from 1500 until 1822
    II. Brazilian Constitutions Before 1988
    III. The Constitution-Making Process of 1987–88
    IV. The Legitimacy of the 1988 Constitution
Further Reading
2. The Legislature: Bicameralism, Multipartism, and Ongoing Crisis:
    I. Composition, Seat, and Basic Organisation
    II. Electoral System
    III. Exclusive Powers of the Federal Senate
    IV. Parliamentary Immunities
    V. Removal from Office
    VI. Investigative Powers
    VII. Financial Control and the Federal Audit Court
    VIII. Ongoing Legitimacy Crisis (But Still Powerful)
Further Reading
3. The Executive: A Strong President and Coalitional Presidentialism:
    I. The Election of the President of the Republic
    II. Replacement, Succession, Impediments and Vacancy of Office
    III. A Strong President Before a Weak Congress?
    IV. Brazil's Coalitional Presidentialism
    V. Attempts to Change the Brazilian Presidential System
    VI. Presidentialism Under Attack
    VII. Treaty-Making Power
    VIII. Regulatory Powers
    IX. The Vice-President
    X. The Ministers of State
    XI. Impeachment and Removal from Office
    XII. Emergency Powers
    XIII. Public Administration and Regulatory Agencies
    XIV. Armed Forces
    Further Reading
    4. The Judiciary: Independence, Activism, and Publicity:
      I. The Brazilian Justice System
      II. The Brazilian Supreme Court (STF)
      III. The Brazilian System of Judicial Review of Legislation
      IV. Concrete Judicial Review of Legislation
      V. Abstract Constitutional Review of Legislation
      VI. An Activist Court?
      VII. Functions Essential to Justice
    Further Reading
    5. Rights: Enforcing Civil Liberties in an Unequal Society:
      I. The Bill of Rights of the 1988 Constitution
      II. Holders of Fundamental Rights
      III. Horizontal Effects of Fundamental Rights
      IV. Right to Life
      V. Equality
      VI. Freedom of Expression
      VII. Freedom of the Press
      VIII. Freedom of Information
      IX. Right to Privacy
      X. Freedom of Assembly
      XI. Secularism and Freedom of Religion
      XII. Property Rights
      XIII. Access to Courts and Due Process
      XIV. Nationality
      XV. Political Rights
      XVI. Political Parties
      XVII. Treaties on Human Rights
      XVIII. The Inter-American Human Rights System
      XIX. Constitutional Remedies
    Further Reading
    6. Beyond Liberal Constitutionalism: Social Rights and the Social and Economic Orders:
      I. Social Rights and Social Order
      II. Socioeconomic Rights in Courts
      III. The Social Order Beyond Social Rights: The Environment and Indigenous Peoples
      IV. The Economic Order
    Further Reading
    7. Federalism: Cooperation and Increasing Centralisation:
      I. Centralisation and Decentralisation until 1889
      II. Allocation of Powers under the 1988 Constitution
      III. Legislative Powers
      IV. Policy Powers
      V. The States in the Brazilian Federalism
      VI. A Three-Tiered Federation: Municipalities
      VII. The Federal District
      VIII. Federal Territories
      IX. Federal Intervention
      X. The Federal Senate
    Further Reading
    8. Law-Making Process and Constitutional Reform:
      I. Ordinary Legislation
      II. Provisional Decrees
      III. Complementary Legislation
      IV. Constitutional Reform
    Further Reading
    Conclusion: Change to Overcome

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