The New Brazilian Public Prosecution: An Agent of Accountability

Maria Tereza Sadek and Rosângela Batista Cavalcanti

in Democratic Accountability in Latin America

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199256372
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602368 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

The New Brazilian Public Prosecution: An Agent of Accountability

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This chapter examines the performance of the Public Prosecution — a Brazilian institution tasked with exercising oversight and control over public administration — and its impact on democracy. It is argued that the institution is still attempting to define itself both internally and externally. Work by the Public Prosecution has generated significant response from groups who feel that their interests are being threatened. Amendments have been proposed in Congress to restrict the Public Prosecution’s autonomy.

Keywords: Brazil; democracy; Public Prosecution; oversight; Congress; accountability

Chapter.  10519 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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