Pork Barrel Politics in Comparative Perspective

Event recording

This panel will bring Brazilian and American scholars together to explore how pork-barrel politics plays into political representation in the these countries’ governments. Are earmarks/budgetary amendments always bad for democracy? Or can they strengthen the links between elected officials and their constituents if done transparently?


Carlos Pereira is a professor at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE) at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV). His research focuses on comparative executive-legislative relations, political economy, and public policy.

Zachary Courser is the director of CMC’s Policy Lab and a visiting assistant professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. His research agenda focuses on public policy, political parties, democracy, and populism.


Beatriz Rey (moderator) is an SNF Agora Visiting Fellow and a senior researcher at the Center for Studies on the Brazilian Congress at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). Her research focuses on legislative politics from a comparative perspective.