Paula do Espírito Santo comments the debate between the portuguese PM and the leader of the main opposition party in Jornal de Notícias

CAPP researcher Paula do Espírito Santo was one of the specialists invited by the daily newspaper Jornal de Notícias to comment on the 12th debate of the pre-campaign for the legislative elections, opposing the current portuguese PM António Costa (PS/Socialist Party) and Rui Rio (PSD/Social Democrats), the leader of the main opposition party.

On the edition for 17 September, the researcher provides her analysis for a debate that was “determinant” because it “contained the expectation of a better definition of the political and parliamentary share of the two main portuguese political parties” in the October election.


In a debate centered on the economy, the researcher believes both parties have much to lose, either in the election as well as politically – while the possibility for post-electoral alliances to the left of the Socialist Party seems uncertain, the Social Democrats are currently going through a leadership crisis. On the other hand, Paula do Espírito Santo believes that both can also have everything to gain, if they are able to expand their electoral share.
Paula do do Espírito Santo has a PhD in Social Sciences, specializing in Sociology, with aggregation in Social Sciences – Sociology. She is a Professor at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon, and a integrated researcher of the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies.