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Judging Policy: Courts and Policy Reform in Democratic Brazil

Matthew M. Taylor


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 ... More

Keywords: courts, government institutions, public policy, policy process, policy debate, institutional structure, Brazilian federal courts, transition to democracy, judiciary, policy reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804758116
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758116.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew M. Taylor, author