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Citizens and the State: Democracy, Development, and Public Opinion in Brazil

International Conference
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame
Graduate Program in Political Science, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)


In the context of political and economic crisis in Brazil, this conference seeks to stimulate and promote public opinion research dealing with the challenges the country faces in providing effective governance serving all citizens. We call for papers dealing with the themes of democracy and development in Brazil and in comparative context. All papers must utilize public opinion data from the World Values Survey or the AmericasBarometer. (The World Values Survey data may be found at AmericasBarometer data may be found at

This conference will utilize a novel format designed to create dialogue between US-based and Brazilian scholars. The day-long event will be held simultaneously at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and at the Graduate Program in Political Science at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Brazil. Presentations and discussion will be live-transmitted via videoconferencing technology. Five papers will be presented in Brazil, and five in the United States, with a mix of papers from graduate students and faculty members in each location.

The conference will have no registration fee, and will be held Wednesday, April 5. Note this is the day prior to the start of the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. The train ride from Chicago to South Bend, Indiana is an hour and a half, so participants are encouraged to arrive Tuesday afternoon/evening on the train from Chicago, and to return to Chicago Wednesday after the conference. Travel support may be available to presenters.

Important Dates:

  • Proposals due January 25, 2017

  • Acceptance notification by February 1, 2017

  • Full papers due March 22, 2017

Submit your proposal and 250-word abstract here.

Please contact the organizers, both Kellogg visiting fellows, with any questions: Amy Erica Smith or Henrique Carlos de Oliveira de Castro.




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