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A brief description of the research groups and which are part of the observatory’s original project:


center for the study of latin american political parties – ufscar (centro de estudos dos partidos políticos latino-americanos – cepla)

CEPLA is based at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) and its main line of research is aimed at Latin American political parties. By comparatively analyzing countries, parties and case studies, the CEPLA has been developing work on party organization, party systems, political recruitment, parties and elections, parties and governments, as well as the democratic quality of parties. CEPLA relies on the efforts of researchers from several universities and on undergraduate and graduate students. In partnership with other universities and under the coordination of Professor Maria do Socorro Braga, CEPLA contributes with its insights into political parties as one of privileged fields of work for political science .

E-mail: msbraga@ufscar.br



laboratory for the study of power and politics – ufs (laboratório de estudos do poder e da política – lepp)

The Laboratory for the Study of Power and Politics is comprised of researchers and students (undergraduate and graduate) in the Social Sciences and is attached to the Graduate Studies and Research in Sociology Nuclei (Núcleos de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Sociologia (NPPCS) e em Antropologia – NPPA) of the Federal Universtiy of Sergipe (Universidade Federal de Sergipe – UFS). The group is structured around a common set of analytical concerns, among which the study of the principles of structuration and the dynamics of the spheres of power in peripheral societies such as Brazil; the comprehension of the dynamics of different social spheres – politics, culture, professional, religious, scientific – and the logic of their overlappings; the study of the processes of recruitment and selections of governing/ruling groups, as well as the examination of the strategies of social reproduction and consecration as they are activated. Within this more general axis, specific themes explored by the researchers are: the modes of social mobilization and militancy; the formation of political, cultural, professional, and religious elites; professional careers; public policy. The Laboratory for the Study of Power and Politics is also linked to national and international research networks, among which, the “International circulation of university students and the redefinition of cultural space,” which integrates Brazilian and French research centers.

E-mail: eseidl@terra.com.br



laboratory of compared history of the southern cone – pucrs (laboratório de história comparada do cone sul – LabConeSul)

The Laboratory’s organization is based on the experiences of its members in different initiatives of comparison between the historical processes in the River Plate region, either in the context of international cooperation agreements or as a result of participation in research groups and networks, such as the CNPq supported group, “State, Society, and the Formation of Public Policy in Brazil and in the River Plate Basin,″ (now defunct) and the Marc Bloch International Network of Compared Historical Studies. In 2009, the group jointly carried out a project with the Laboratory for the Study of Power and Politics (LEPP)m based an the Federal University of Sergipe Sociology Graduate Program and with the  Núcleo de Sociologia Política Brasileira, part of the Federal University of Paraná’s Political Science Graduate Program, approved by the PROCAD/Novas Fronteiras, Capes grant: “Composition and recomposition of governing groups in the Northeast and South of Brazil: a compared and interdisciplinary approach”.  Building upon a broad historical and comparative perspective between the Northeast and Southern regions, the project established four principal axes of investigation: (a) the relationship between the school system and the formation and governing groups (professionals, state bureaucrats, politicians, cultural leaders and clergy); (b) traditional families and their strategies of reproduction and social consecration; (c) the actions of state elites and processes of government policy-making; and (d) the strategies of Professional consecration. Based on the implementation of this common research agenda, the intent is to create synergies among the stock of partial and ongoing investigations and compare new findings on the regions with regard to: (a) the modernization of the state apparatus and the relationship to the recruitment of bureaucratic and juridical elites; (b) transformations in the composition of regional political and municipal elites (legislative, executive and top-tier administration); (c) the relationship between the characteristics of political elites and the elaboration of determined government policies; and (d) logics of constitution of certain professional elites, such as business, journalistic and ecclesiastic elites.

E-mail: flavio.heinz@pucrs.br



center for research in brazilian political sociology – ufpr (núcleo de pesquisa em sociologia política brasileira – nusp)

The Center of Research in Brazilian political sociology brings together professors of Political Science from the Social Sciences Department of the Federal University of Paraná, undergraduate students in Social Sciences and Law, and graduate sociology (MA and PhD) and political science (MA) students of the university, in addition to invited professors. It concentrates its activities in research in fields of specialization traditionally referred by the CNPq as “State and Government” and “Political Behavior.” Currently, the Center is developing the following lines of research: 1) transformations of the Brazilian political class in the twenty first century: a socio-professional profile of federal deputies and senators (1986-2014); 2) the composition and recomposition of governing groups in the Northeast and South regions of Brazil: a comparative and interdisciplinary approach 4) Who are and what do high court judges of the state of Paraná think? ; 5) State elites and industrialization in Latin America; 6) Business elites and democracy in Brazil: theoretical and methodological questions. All of the projects developed by the NUSP, in spite of their specificities, are inscribed within three fundamental research questions: a) what are the socio-economic determinants of political, social, and economic elites; b) what are the values (social, political, behavioral, juridical) defended by its members; and c) how do these determinants (values and social origin) influence the political choices made by these social groups

E-mail: adriano@ufpr.br



management and public policy – pucpr (gestão e políticas públicas)

The research group Management and Public Policy is part of the Graduate Program in Urban Management (MA and Phd) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná – PUCPR. It gathers professors and researchers of Political Science and Public Administration, graduate students in Urban Management, and undergraduate students from the Social Sciences and Architecture schools. Visiting lecturers and researchers complete the team. The Group emphasizes researches on sectorial policies – urban, social and environmental – and on institutional analysis. The specific research topics are 1) strategic management and information technology management; 2) governance; and 3) relations between local and global policies. The research activities are motivated by common interests in methodological approaches on a) the formulation and implementation of public policies; b) connection between ideological positions, values and institutions; and c) interaction between actors (elites) and institutions.

E-mail: samira.kauchakje@pucpr.br


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