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Electoral governance in Germany: a case study of the governmental electoral governance model

Grant number: 23/07522-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2024
Effective date (End): August 31, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - State and Government
Principal Investigator:Bruno Wilhelm Speck
Grantee:Bruno Wilhelm Speck
Host Investigator: Sergio Costa
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Freie Universität Berlin, Germany  


The research project suggests a case study on the electoral governance system in Germany, a model that radically contrasts the electoral governance system in Brazil. While the Brazilian case stands out for the independence of the administration of the electoral process from the political powers (executive and legislative) and the concentration of the administration and adjudication of conflicts in the judiciary (electoral justice), in Germany the electoral management model is characterized by the dependence of the majority powers and the dispersion of competences in different federative spheres. The elections are organized by the government and reviewed by the parliament. Only in specific cases is appeal to the constitutional court possible. The case study aims, first, to describe the functioning of the system in Germany, second, to recover the historical trajectory of the system's evolution, and, third, to identify the points of vulnerability and reform proposals discussed in the literature. We mobilize approaches from both rational choice institutionalism and historical institutionalism.

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