Guide to Brazil

A guide to Brazil’s main regulatory agencies

regulatory agencies

Brazil’s power structure is split between the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches. In grossly oversimplified terms, the Legislative makes laws, the Executive sanctions them, and the Judiciary analyzes whether they are constitutional. Beyond this, however, there is another level of governance which has just as much of an impact on the daily lives of Brazilians. Nominally under the umbrella of the Executive branch, there is a wide range of regulatory and government agencies which establish rules and norms in a number of key sectors.

Despite their relative autonomy, these agencies still have formal links to cabinet ministries and as such can...

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