5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

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

Webcast available

Webcast Recap

 

Most U.S. political analysts are acutely aware of the current challenges to effective public administration in Washington, from negotiating and passing annual budgets to effectively managing the various agencies and their large federal workforces. Brazil is similarly confronting the challenges of rising deficits and an often unwieldy bureaucracy as it seeks to overcome the profound political crisis of the last four years.  Although their histories diverge in several critical ways, Brazil and the United States are the two largest democracies in the Western Hemisphere, and there are valuable lessons to be learned through comparing the current political and administrative environments in both countries.

On May 23, the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute and Brazil’s National School of Public Administration hosted a full-day workshop to examine contemporary trends in policymaking processes and public administration in Brazil and the United States, organized around four critical themes.

Event Partners

undp enap logos
 

5-23-2018 The Challenges of the Contemporary Administrative State: Brazil and the United States in Comparative Perspective

 

AGENDA

 

8:30am - Registration and Breakfast

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

Monica de Bolle, Director, Latin American Studies Program, Johns Hopkins-SAIS

Meg Lundsager, Public Policy Fellow, Wilson Center

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

11:15am - Coffee Break

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

3:45pm - Coffee Break

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