Political Science

The graduate program in Political Science of the IESP-UERJ was created in 1969 and it became a reference of excellence in this area. The originality of the IUPERJ program, current IESP-UERJ, was to constitute an intellectual agenda mainly focused on the institutional issue, and to enhance, during the military dictatorship, the issue of political democracy, its institutions and its procedures.

The initial inspiration of the graduate program in Political Science involved a requalification of the democratic issue in the public sphere, putting aside the conceptions that considered the democracy merely as a political form. It also demanded an adjustment of the scientific guideline, with the incorporation of the Brazilian social question: race, gender, labor unions, violence, professions, poverty and marginalization integrated the list of the issues to be investigated. Simultaneously, the areas of Political Theory and Brazilian Political Thought became stronger in the program’s tradition.

Today, after more than 40 years, the format of the graduate program in Political Science of the IESP-UERJ preserves this inspiration, and is formed, on one hand, by the institutional issue addressed from the angles of Science and Political Theory and, on the other hand, by the Brazilian social question addressed from the angle of the minorities. These approaches are in constant dialogue with the legacy of the country’s Political and Social Thought, which essayistic has been progressively integrated to the program.

Leticia Pinheiro (leticia.pinheiro@iesp.uerj.br )

Graduate Studies Office:
Louise Lopes Veloso (louise@iesp.uerj.br)
Phone: (21) 2266-8300

Research lines

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Processes of government formation and the functioning of representative and participatory institutions. The functioning of the legislative houses, with focus on the formation of legislative majorities, congressional decisions and internal organization of the Congress. The structure of the Brazilian federation. Design, implementation and evaluation mechanisms of public policies and their articulation with the institutional structure of the Brazilian policy. Studies of political and electoral behavior. Relations between media, party system and institutions. Studies of the media in historical perspective. Media and political culture. Media and public sphere. Media and discursive regimes. Formation and political behavior of the Brazilian and the international party system and its relations with the electoral process. Political process that produces the political representation in the Brazilian legislative houses, in its three levels. Social, political and institutional mechanisms that form the electoral connection in the continued production and reproduction of parliamentary political representation.


Government political institutions of countries other than Brazil and comparison between these countries and Brazil. Decision making processes, institutional crisis and transition regime processes in a comparative perspective. Capitalism modalities, productive regimes and their respective institutional contexts. Brazilian foreign and defense policy: actors and agendas. Foreign policy, defense policy and great strategy in a comparative perspective. Regional integration spaces, specially in South America. International cooperation for development and South-South relations. Emergence of new powers and international coalitions.

Greek and Roman Political Theory; Medieval Political Thought. The Renaissance and the origins of modern political theory; Contractualism in the seventeenth century; the Enlightenment; the French Revolution and the nineteenth century: consolidation of the conservative theories; liberals and socialists; the elitism of the end of the century and its impact on the theories of democracy; theoretical and political radicalizations of the first half of the twentieth century; the pluralistic formulations of democracy and its critics. Contemporary theories of justice, recognition, multiculturalism, theories of democracy, power, law, participation and representation. Historical theories and methodologies: history of the concepts, hermeneutics, history of political thought, intellectual history (Koselleck, Skinner, Pocock etc.). Non-historical theories and methodologies: discourse analysis, CDA, corpus linguistics, content analysis etc. What is Brazilian political thought. Central and peripheral thought. Latin American thought. History of the history of Brazilian thought. Instrumental authoritarianism. Doctrinaire liberalism 
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