Transformative Constitutionalism: A View from Brazil

dc.contributor.authorDIEGO WERNECK ARGUELHES
dc.coverage.cidadeOxfordpt_BR
dc.coverage.paisReino Unidopt_BR
dc.date.accessioned2022-12-12T20:26:45Z
dc.date.available2022-12-12T20:26:45Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.description.otherThe Brazilian experience with a transformative constitution and an empowered constitutional court has so far been mixed. This chapter uses the case of Brazil to draw three sets of lessons. First, courts are part of the broader arrangement of government institutions which are shaped by elections over time; these dynamics may lead to mismatches between blueprints for constitutional transformation, over time and across different actors and institutions. In Brazil, such a mismatch initially led to the Supreme Court resisting the broad transformative mandate it had received in the new constitutional text. Second, a change in how courts describe their transformative mandate in their decisions is a poor measure of actual change in how they perform their role. Third, while judicial decisions might not be enough to transform existing patterns of inequality, they can still positively change the court’s standing before the public, in general, and scholars in particular. This scenario might lead courts to fashion an optical illusion: judges might choose cases with transformative potential and issue rulings requiring major, structural changes in the way the government deals with certain issues, only to refrain from following up on what happens after these decisions are taken. They reap the benefits of being associated with transformative discourse and move on to the next issue, leaving the status quo largely undisturbed. For these reasons, while the Brazilian experiment with transformative constitutionalism has not necessarily been unsuccessful, it should not be read as a success case of ‘court-centric’ approach to transformative constitutionalism when it comes to social rights and material inequality.pt_BR
dc.format.extentp. 165-189pt_BR
dc.format.mediumDigitalpt_BR
dc.identifier.isbn9780190000000pt_BR
dc.identifier.urihttps://repositorio.insper.edu.br/handle/11224/4916
dc.language.isoInglêspt_BR
dc.publisherOxford University Presspt_BR
dc.relation.isreferencedbyThe Global South and Comparative Constitutional Lawpt_BR
dc.relation.urihttps://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198850403.003.0007pt_BR
dc.rights.licenseO INSPER E ESTE REPOSITÓRIO NÃO DETÊM OS DIREITOS DE USO E REPRODUÇÃO DOS CONTEÚDOS AQUI REGISTRADOS. É RESPONSABILIDADE DOS USUÁRIOS INDIVIDUAIS VERIFICAR OS USOS PERMITIDOS NA FONTE ORIGINAL, RESPEITANDO-SE OS DIREITOS DE AUTOR OU EDITORpt_BR
dc.subject.keywordstransformative constitutionalismpt_BR
dc.subject.keywordstransitions to democracypt_BR
dc.subject.keywordsconstitutional courtpt_BR
dc.subject.keywordscourt centrismpt_BR
dc.subject.keywordssocial rightspt_BR
dc.subject.keywordsinequalitypt_BR
dc.subject.keywordsjudicial self-restraintpt_BR
dc.subject.keywordsseparation of powerspt_BR
dc.titleTransformative Constitutionalism: A View from Brazilpt_BR
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local.subject.cnpqCiências Sociais Aplicadaspt_BR
local.typeCapítulo de Livropt_BR
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