Political Reform in Brazil: Investigating the Impact on the Party System and the Representation

The effects produced by the method to convert votes into legislative seats have been at the center of the debate in Brazil since the 1988 Constitution, and since then the need for political reform has never left the agenda. The main arguments used refer to strengthening political parties and increasing electoral accountability.

This work proposes to analyze the effects of redrawing electoral districts. This issue is part of a larger discussion about the impacts of the electoral system on the political system as well as the delicate balance between governability and representation, including the issue of accountability. Consequently, they are directly related to the quality of democratic systems.