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The Challenges of the Contemporary Administrative State: Brazil and the United States in Comparative Perspective

Date & Time

May. 23, 2018
9:00am – 6:00pm ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center


Brazil and the United States are both currently in the midst of crises of the administrative state. Although the nature of the crises and their origins differ, there is a great deal to learn from a comparative analysis of both countries during this moment of uncertainty. On May 23, 2018, the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute and Brazil’s National School of Public Administration, with the support of the United Nations Development Program, hosted a full-day workshop in Washington, DC, to explore the experiences of scholars and policy practitioners from both countries and gain a better sense for how each country can strengthen public administration and management to more effectively carry out the critical work of government. 

O Brasil e os Estados Unidos estão atualmente no meio de crises dos seus respectivos Estados administrativos. Ainda que a natureza e origem das crises sejam diferentes, muito pode ser aprendido com uma análise comparativa entre os dois países nesse momento de incerteza. No dia 23 de maio de 2018, o Brazil Institute do Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars e a Escola Nacional de Administração Pública do Brasil, com o apoio do Programa das Nações Unidas para o Desenvolvimento, sediaram um workshop de um dia inteiro em Washington, DC, para explorar a experiências de acadêmicos e profissionais da área de políticas públicas dos dois países e melhor entender como cada país pode consolidar sua administração pública para realizar o crítico trabalho governamental de maneira mais efetiva. 




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Opening Session - 9:00am

Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute, Wilson Center 

Yesim Oruc, Deputy Director of the United Nations Development Programme Office in Washington

Walter Baere, Deputy Secretary of the Brazilian Ministry of Planning, Development, and Management

Panel I: Do Countries Need Strategic Planning - 10:00am

Francisco Gaetani, President, National School of Public Administration (Enap)

Carlos Santiso, Division Chief for the Institutional Capacity of State Sector, Inter-American Development Bank

Meg Lundsager, Public Policy Fellow, Wilson Center

Chair: George Alberto de Aguiar Soares, Secretary of Federal Budget, Ministry of Planing, Development, and Management

Panel II: Negotiating and Implementing the Annual Budget - 11:30am

Felipe Salto, Executive-Director, Independent Fiscal Institution, Brazilian Senate

Michael Forster, Chief Operating Officer, Wilson Center

Aaron Jones, Director of Congressional Relations, Wilson Center

Allen Schick, Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Chair: Jón Blöndal, Head of Budgeting and Public Expenditures, OECD

Lunch Presentation: Public Administration and the Brazilian Constitution - 1:00pm

Oscar Vilhena Vieira, Dean, FGV School of Law in São Paulo; Brazil Institute Global Fellow

Nelson Marconi, Professor, FGV/EESP

Panel III: The Endless Story of Civil Service Reform - 2:30pm

Donald Kettl, Professor and Academic Director, Washington Center of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin

Luiz Alberto dos Santos, Legislative and Public Administrative Consultant, Brazilian Senate

Dustin Brown, Deputy Assistant Director for Management, OMB/EOP

Chair: Martin Williams, Associate Professor, Blavatinik School of Government, University of Oxford

Panel IV: Capacity Building for Turbulent Times - 4:00pm

Fernando Filgueiras, Director of Research, National School of Public Administration (Enap)

Matthew Taylor, Associate Professor, American University School of International Service

Edwin Lau, Head of Division, Public Sector Reform, Public Governance, and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD

Chair: Deborah Wetzel, Senior Director of Governance, World Bank

Closing Remarks - 5:30pm

Francisco Gaetani, President, National School of Public Administration (Enap)

Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute, Wilson Center


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Brazil Institute

The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and U.S. institutions in all sectors.  Read more

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