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Dissecting Bolsonaro’s proposal to reform Brazil’s public service

Bolsonaro presented his plan to reform Brazil's civil service. Despite leaving much to be desired, it could be highly consequential

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Brasília. Photo: Ana Volpe/Senado

Late last week, the Brazilian government presented its plan to reform Brazil’s civil service. And while it left much to be desired — as it doesn’t affect current servants and keeps intact most of the privileges granted to Congress and judges — the plan could potentially change public service in Brazil, not only at the federal level, but also for states and municipalities. And if passed it would grant more powers to the president.

As our November 18, 2019 Weekly Report showed, Brazil spends 13 percent of its GDP on the salaries and pensions of public servants, the 15th-most among...

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