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Public Opinion Study Center (Centro de Estudos de Opinião Pública) – CESOP
State University of Campinas (Universidade Estadual de Campinas) – Unicamp

The Public Opinion Study Center is an interdisciplinary scientific-academic and corporate initiative for investigations into Public Opinion, Political and Social Behavior and Research Methodology. The Center has a threefold inter-university and corporate structure (UNICAMP, Universities and Scientific Centers and Research Companies), and works to recover, organize and disseminate surveys conducted by companies and scientific institutions in the dominant fields of politics, society, cultural themes, general behavior, as well as socioeconomic data on education. The projects developed by its researchers are linked to three established lines of investigation: 1) Political and Social Behavior Analysis; 2) Analysis of Socioeconomic Data on Education; 3) Organization and Dissemination of Research Data by Sample; 4) Studies on Media and Political Behavior.
E-mail: cesop@unicamp.br


Center for Studies on Latin American Political Parties (Centro de Estudos dos Partidos Políticos Latino-Americanos) – CEPLA
Federal University of São Carlos (Universidade Federal de São Carlos) – UFSCar

Based in the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), CEPLA is known for its research on Latin American political parties. By comparing different countries, parties or case studies, CEPLA has developed work on party organization, party systems, political recruitment, party and elections, party and governments as well as democratic quality and political parties. CEPLA counts on researchers from several universities, as well as the participation of students from all levels; from undergrad to post-doc. Through its partnerships with different universities and under the direction of Prof. Maria do Socorro Braga, CEPLA contributes to the subject of political parties with particular focus on political science.
E-mail: msbraga@ufscar.br


Center for Legislative Studies (Centro de Estudos Legislativos) – CEL-DCP
Federal University of Minas Gerais (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais) – UFMG

UFMG’s Center for Legislative Studies is tied to the University’s Political Sciences Department. It devotes itself to research on Legislative Power and its interactions with other powers and citizens.

E-mail: cel@fafich.ufmg.br


Research and Documentation Center for Contemporary Brazilian History (Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de História Contemporânea do Brasil) – CPDOC
Getúlio Vargas Foundation (Fundação Getúlio Vargas) – FGV

The Research and Documentation Center for Contemporary Brazilian History (CPDOC) is based in the Getúlio Vargas Foundation School of Social Sciences and History (Escola de Ciências Sociais e História da Fundação Getulio Vargas). Founded in 1973, CPDOC aims to house archival collections that are relevant to the country’s recent history, to develop research in this field and to promote undergraduate and post-graduate courses. The archives donated to CPDOC , which can be seen in the Archive Guide, currently constitutes the country’s most important personal archive collection on national public figures, comprised of roughly 200 sources, with a total of around 1.8 million documents. These are gradually being made available for online consultation. Established in 1975, the Oral History Program, which also aims to record Brazil’s contemporary history, has collected statements from national personalities and has more than 5,000 hours of tape recordings, equivalent to almost 1,000 interviews (and with a large portion of these available for research). CPDOC’s oral history collection can be better explored by consulting the Oral History database. In 1974 CPDOC began to develop the Brazilian Biographic-Historical Dictionary project, a reference volume that focuses on Brazilian history in the period following the 1930s. The Dictionary was published in 1984, a second edition was released in 2001 in five volumes with roughly 6.600 entries and a CD-ROM multimedia version was made available a year later. The Dictionary was updated in 2010, now with 7500 entries, all available in their entirety for consultation on the CPDOC’s integrated database.

E-mail: http://cpdoc.fgv.br/faleconosco


Inter-syndical Department for Parliamentary Advice (Departamento Intersindical de Assessoria Parlamentar) – DIAP

Founded on December 19, 1983, the Inter-syndical Department for Parliamentary Advice informs labor unions on ongoing National Congress projects, as well as providing information on the political actions of officials. Aside from corresponding with its members, the DIAP regularly edits the INFORMATION BULLETIN, which is sent out to all affiliated bodies. DIAP also periodically publishes books, such as WHO’S WHO (QUEM É QUEM), edited in 1986 regarding parliamentary action on issues of interest to workers and WHO WAS WHO IN THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY (QUEM FOI QUEM NA CONSTITUINTE) in 1988, with an analysis of the congressmen’s’ actions. In 1991, the DIAP profiled Brasília’s first district deputies in the book WHO’S WHO IN THE DISTRICT HOUSE (QUEM É QUEM NA CÂMARA DISTRITAL). In 1993 it foresaw the opinions of congressmen and senators regarding constitutional reform in the book THE CONGRESS’ HEAD – WHO’S WHO IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM (A CABEÇA DO CONGRESSO – QUEM É QUEM NA REVISÃO CONSTITUCIONAL). In 1994 it released the annual series THE HEADS OF NATIONAL CONGRESS (“OS CABEÇAS” DO CONGRESSO NACIONAL) regarding the parliamentary elite and AGENDA – Speaking to Legal, Executive and Judicial powers (Para Falar com os Poderes Legislativo, Executivo e Judiciário). It also released the series Debate Notebook: Political and Technical Studies. The bodies affiliated to DIAP also have access to a database containing information on workplace legislation (regarding laws and interim measures in place), projects of interest to the union movement, political profiles and the participation of congressmen and senators in parliamentary benches and slates, electoral bases, as well as the monitoring of professional projects that are of specific interest to those affiliated with the Department.

E-mail: diap@diap.org.br


Research Group on Democracy and Inequalities – Demodê (Grupo de Pesquisa sobre Democracia e Desigualdades – Demodê)
University of Brasilia (Universidade de Brasília) – UnB

The Research Group on Democracy and Inequalities brings together researchers and students from the University of Brasilia engaged with researching the implications of the coexistence between, on the one hand, democratic managerial rules for political organization and, on the other hand, profound social inequalities. The Group’s activities include theoretical reflection and empirical research. Established in 2001 as the Research Group “Democracy and Democratization” it was later renamed in 2011. Currently, Demodê is coordinated by Luis Felipe Miguel e Flávia Biroli. Their work is organized in four main different research areas: Democracy and gender; Democracy and capitalism; Democracy and information; Democracy and racial inequality.

E-mail: gp.demode@gmail.com


Study Laboratory on the Military (Laboratório de Estudos sobre Militares) – LEM
Research and Documentation Center for Brazilian Contemporary History (Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de História Contemporânea do Brasil) – CPDOC

LEM’s purpose is to act as an institutional space for activities related to the study of the military within a Social Sciences and Historical perspective. The military in Brazil has been an important object of research in CPDOC’s history, also including the reception, production, organization and dissemination of archival sources. LEM is open to participation by researchers and students from CPDOC, as well as from other institutions.



Southern Cone Comparative History Laboratory (Laboratório de História Comparada do Cone Sul – LabConeSul)
Pontifical Catholic University (Pontifícia Universidade Católica) – PUCRS

The Southern Cone Comparative History Laboratory – LabConeSul – is a research group certified by PUCRS and the CNPq, which compares the historical processes in the Plata region, with special attention to the dynamics among the Southern Cone’s political and social elites – including the emergence, reconversion and/or decline of sectorial economic groups, the recruitment and actions of the political elite, professional groups and regional or national bureaucracies, the expansion of middle sectors and their incorporation into the public space as well as the emergence of recent intellectual elites.

E-mail: http://historiasocialecomparada.org/contato


Public Opinion and Political Communication Research Laboratory (Laboratório de Pesquisa em Comunicação Política e Opinião Pública) – DOXA
Institute for Social and Political Studies (Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos) – IESP/UERJ

Established in 1996 at IUPERJ (Rio de Janeiro University Research Institute), Doxa investigates electoral processes as well as the formation of political opinion. In July, 2010 it was transferred to IESP (Institute for Social and Political Studies) at UERJ (Rio de Janeiro State University). Coordinated by Professor Marcus Figueiredo, the laboratory has become a reference for research on political communication in Brazil, producing theses, dissertations, publications and analyses within the several themes that comprise the subject, such as electoral advertising, political journalism, political reception and attitude, electoral behavior and others. Doxa currently holds an important audiovisual collection pertaining to political journalism and propaganda as well as opinion surveys, with several collections of electoral programs broadcasted since 1988: TV newscasts, clippings of candidates’ appearances and documentaries. The collection has served as basis for scientific research in several institutions, in Brazil and abroad.

E-mail: doxa@iesp.uerj.br


Federal Senate’s Research and Study Group (Núcleo de Estudos e Pesquisas do Senado Federal) – NEPSF
Federal Senate of Brazil

The Federal Senate’s Research and Study Group, formerly known as Study Center for Consultancy, seeks to organize, support and coordinate study and research projects aimed at the production and systematization of relevant knowledge for the improvement of the Senate’s actions. To this effect, it promotes several activities such as study projects that yield Texts for Debate, which summarizes research results. The group also publishes The Legislative Bulletins. These are short texts, with two or three pages, where technical topics are well debated and containing the author’s stand on relevant questions pertaining to the National Congress, with an explanatory and propositional approach so as to assist understanding by both an in-house and external audience.

E-mail: nepsf@senado.gov.br


Study Group on the National Congress (Núcleo de Estudos sobre o Congresso) – NECON
Institute for Social and Political Studies (Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos) – IESP/UERJ

The Study Group on the National Congress aims to advance this particular field of study by the establishment of a research laboratory dedicated to the investigation of several questions pertaining to the National Congress and Legislative Assemblies, from rates of cohesion and discipline, information regarding the congressmen’s political trajectory, public policy proceedings and internal organization issues. Occasionally, the Study Group promotes national and international seminars, publishes bulletins and reports on crisis monitoring. Furthermore, NECON gives systematic support to the development of ongoing masters and doctoral work by students engaged in related themes.

E-mail: necon@iesp.uerj.br


Research Group on Brazilian Political Sociology (Núcleo de Pesquisa em Sociologia Política Brasileira) – NUSP
Federal University of Paraná (Universidade Federal do Paraná) – UFPR

Despite their particularities, every project developed at NUSP is connected to three fundamental research questions: a) what are the political, social and economic elites conditioning socioeconomic factors; b) what are the values (political, social, behavioral, and juridical) upheld by their members; and c) how do these determinants (values and social origin) impact the political choices of such social groups.

E-mail: adriano@ufpr.br


The South American Political Observatory (O Observatório Político Sul-Americano) – OPSA
Institute for Social and Political Studies (Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Políticos) – IESP/UERJ

OPSA is a reference group for the regional monitoring and recording of political events at both an internal and foreign level in South American countries. Its main activities include the collection and systematization of information and political processes for the countries in the region, as well as the formulation of specific analysis regarding aspects and issues in domestic and international conjectures.

E-mail: observatorio@iesp.uerj.br


Democracy Watchers. System for Monitoring Elected Officials. (Vigilantes da Democracia. Sistema de Monitoramento de Eleitos)
Federal University of Paraná (Universidade Federal do Paraná) – UFPR

The System for Monitoring Elected Officials for the State of Paraná is a continuous process to monitor and to assess the behavior of executive and legislative representatives at both federal and state levels, in partnership with the Political Participation Network (Rede de Participação Política) and with researchers at the Federal University of Paraná.

E-mail: vigilantesdademocracia@gmail.com


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