This paper presents an empirical assessment of the level of politicisation of the Brazilian civil service in recent administrations using publicly available data. First, the paper discusses how the concept of politicisation applies to the Brazilian reality and analyses how low-level and high-level offices show different patterns of appointment. Second, the paper analyses variations in politicisation strategies, such as the creation of new appointment positions and the appointment of outsiders to public office. Finally, the paper shows how the extent of politicisation changes according to political cycles, especially party changes, at the presidential level.
How to Cite:
De Bonis, D., 2015. Politicisation of the federal civil service in Brazil: An empirical assessment. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 3(2), pp.4–15.