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Observatory’s newsletters online

v. 3, n. 11 2016 Within State, away from Society: Distributing the Party Fund in 2016



Transparent House

App aims to reveal the economic influences over the current deputies of the House of Representatives.



Parliamentary radar

Application illustrates similarities of political parties based on mathematical analysis of parliamentary support.



Observatory’s working paper

n. 13 2016 Ministros da área econômica no Brasil (1964-2015): por que saem e para onde vão?

Renato Perissinotto, UFPR; Eric G. Dantas, UFPR



Government support

“Governismo” and cohesion of political parties in Brazil (February 2003 to March 2015).



Supreme Court in Numbers

The ‘Supreme Court in Numbers’ Project (FGV-Rio) has as focus decisions of the Supreme Court (STF) of Brazil using quantitative bias analysis.




Political parties, private companies and individuals financial donations in the 2014 elections in Brazil. “O Estado de S. Paulo” Newspaper



Follow the Money

Map of electoral donations. “O Estado de S. Paulo” Newspaper



Political atlas

Everything you ever want to know about Brazilian politicians.



Brazilian Legislative Survey

Data from seven waves of surveys of members of the Brazilian National Congress, conducted between 1989 and 2013.



Profile of Brazilian judges

According to preliminary figures from the Census of Magistrates, conducted by the National Council of Justice (CNJ) at the end of last year, 64% of judges are male. They provide up to 82% of the ministers of higher courts.



Dicionário histórico-biográfico da Primeira República 

Historical and biographical dictionary of the First Republic aims to provide researchers, and anyone interested in learning about the political history of Brazil, data, information and analysis on the period the Proclamation of the Republic in 1889 until the 1930 Revolution.



voto distrital



The Electoral Integrity Project



NECON database

O NECON está disponibilizando on-line parte de seu banco de dados. Veja a seção “Base de dados” sobre votações nominais na Câmara dos Deputados entre 1946-64 e votações nominais, orientações de liderança e migrações partidárias entre 2003-2010.



March 27 2016 

The Project

The observatory of social and political elites of Brazil, coordinated by the Brazilian Political Sociology Research Center (NUSP) at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil (UFPR), aims to be the main national focal point for systematic information on bureaucratic and scientific, parliamentary and political party, juridical and intellectual elites as well as professional and social elites in contemporary Brazil.

Funded in part by Capes – Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel) and CNPq – Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development), and inspired by the Observatory of Latin American Representative Institutions (Observatorio de Instituciones Representativas de América Latina – OIR) based at the University of Salamanca, the observatory constitutes a free-access digital database which brings together research summaries, historical studies, prospective analyses and qualitative and quantitative surveys on Brazilian elites in recent history.

The website allows free access to the instruments used in the surveys conducted by several research groups (questionnaires, spreadsheets, code books, prosopography sheets, interview scripts), the finished scientific results produced by theses surveys, in addition to available database. One of the purposes of the observatory of elites is to condense knowledge and aggregate scholars in this field of study in Brazil through the sharing of information.

The observatory allows users to browse through a series of nominal lists of presidents, governors, ministers, congressmen, state secretaries, mayors, chief and high court judges, in addition to leaders of the country’s most relevant class associations (businessmen, union leaders, etc.). Also available for consulting our series of “working papers” and the “newsletter of the observatory.

The virtual library specialized in ruling classes in Brazil that is part of the observatory congregates a large number of studies on Brazilian political and social elites and list of sites organized according to subject which grants the user access to online archives and collections. It is possible to download publications (books, articles), papers, academic work (monographs, theses, and dissertations), research reports and to consult listings of scientific associations, groups and research centers dedicated to studying this subject.

In the future it will be possible to submit your database to observatory of social and political elites of Brazil to this e-mail oelites@gmail.com.

Feel free to suggest articles and papers, links to research group sites, databases, bios of researchers in this field to the e-mail indicated above.