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How much support does Bolsonaro have in Congress?

Bolsonaro has gone back on his campaign promises and made alliances with controversial center-right parties. But how much support has this earned him?

How much support does Bolsonaro have in Congress?
From left to right: House Speaker Rodrigo Maia, President Jair Bolsonaro, and Senate President Davi Alcolumbre. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

As mentioned here several times, the characteristics of Brazil’s political-institutional regime — especially since the 1988 Constitution — make the costs of governing very high indeed. That is why I want to address the relationship between the government and the so-called “Big Center” through a more holistic view of Brazilian politics. In short, governability is understood as the efficacy of promoting a given administration’s agenda in Congress, where laws and public policies are proposed and discussed. In the case of Brazil, the favorable environment for the creation of several political parties — which leads to hyper-fragmentation in legislative spaces —...

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