CAPP researchers' comment on the elections
Several researchers from the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies have been invited to translate the landscape of the Portuguese legislative elections for O Globo, one of the main Brazilian news websites, from Grupo Globo.
In the last few weeks, the Portuguese legislative elections were covered by news site O Globo, inviting several CAPP researchers to comment and elucidate on the Portuguese political context. Isabel David and Pedro Goulart were just two of the specialists invited in the last days of the electoral campaigns, explaining the social and economic context that characterized the last four years of government.
The ”political ambiguity” of immigrants coming from Brazil upon arriving in Portugal was one other theme where CAPP Vice-President Pedro Goulart lent his expertise. The researcher emphasizes how “complicated” the situation is, because immigrants frequently lack information needed to follow the debate, and will usually select the themes he or she will feel closer to. On the same article, João Bilhim comments on the same ambiguity, underlining how people arriving from Brazil will not see the leftwing government as “radical”. Moreover, the term “left” is in itself always ambiguous, because there are many political perspectives on the left, and “a clarification is always needed”. A possible new agreement among these many views on the left was also a theme for Pedro Goulart and Isabel David in another article in which the researchers consider different post-electoral scenarios. The same text brings out the opinion of Paula do Espírito Santo, another CAPP researcher for whom the Socialists, as the winning party, “doesn’t seem willing to change the route of responsibility it has taken on the economy”.
Pedro Goulart is an Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP) and a Vice-President at the Center for Public Administration and Public Policies, where he is also the coordinator of the Power, Administration and Public Policies research group. He is the author of 45 publications, including articles in scientific journals such as Economics of Education Review, Electoral Studies, European Urban and Regional Studies, or the Journal of Educational Research. He was also one of the editors of the Routledge book, South-South Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities for Development.
Isabel Alexandra de Oliveira David has a PhD in Social Sciences, specializing in Political Science. She is a Professor at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon. She is an integrated researcher at Orient Institute and collaborator of the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies.
João Abreu de Faria Bilhim was the founder of the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies, where he is currently a researcher. He is a Full Professor at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences, Universidade de Lisboa, an institution he presided between 2005 and 2012. He is the author of several publications, including articles in international journals in administration research. In 2018, he was a guest editor for the special edition of Public Sciences and Policies "From government to governance: the challenges of merit".
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.