Recruitment and Retention of Legislators in Brazil
Legislative Studies Quarterly XXIV:209-237

This article discusses the recruitment and retention of legislators in Brazil since World War II and identifies the main theoretical challenges for developing comparative research on such an issue. It argues that a comparative analysis on this subject cannot make theoretical headway without an understanding of the reasons by which different countries display different modes of interaction between the legislative branch and the broader political system. The conclusion is that more historical research (and not just more comparative-static analysis and measures of institutionalization) is needed for the investigation concerning the cause of the emergence of different career patterns.

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