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The Role of Congress as an Agency of Horizontal Accountability: Lessons from the Brazilian Experience

Argelina Cheibub Figueiredo

in Democratic Accountability in Latin America

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199256372
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602368 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256373.003.0006

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

The Role of Congress as an Agency of Horizontal Accountability: Lessons from the Brazilian Experience

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This chapter examines role of Congress as an agency of horizontal accountability in Brazil. It is argued that although Congress’ direct oversight role is diminished, its indirect role remains critical. The information it provides through its oversight mechanisms is essential for groups in society to activate other accountability mechanisms, which in turn strengthens the mechanisms of vertical accountability established between voters and the government.

Keywords: horizontal accountability; Congress; Brazil; oversight; vertical accountability

Chapter.  9576 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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