Monday, March 3, 2008

New book on courts & policy in Brazil

Judging Policy: Courts and Policy Reform in Democratic Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2008), by Matthew M. Taylor, University of São Paulo.

Drawing on the experience of the Brazilian federal courts since the transition to democracy, Judging Policy examines the judiciary's role in debating and formulating public policy in Latin America’s largest democracy. During a period of energetic policy reform, the high salience of many policies and a judicial structure conducive to policy contestation ensured that Brazilian courts would become an important institution at the heart of the policy process. Through a study of the full federal court system, this book develops a framework with cross-national implications for understanding how courts influence policy actors' political strategies and the distribution of power in new democracies.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Greenleaf Library Fellowships

The Latin American Library at Tulane University is pleased to announce the Richard E. Greenleaf Library Fellowships to support research at the library. These fellowships are made possible through the generosity of Tulane emeritus professor and distinguished historian Richard E. Greenleaf. Their purpose is to offer researchers who permanently reside in any country of Latin America or the Caribbean short-term residential fellowships to use the resources of the Latin American Library at Tulane to conduct research in any field of the humanities or social sciences.

Up to three fellowships will be granted every year, beginning in 2007. Each fellowship will cover the cost of round-trip airfare as well as housing and living expenses, for a period of one to three months. Fellowships are available to any qualified scholar--including independent researchers and advanced graduate students--who resides permanently in any country in Latin America or the Caribbean. Applications from scholars of any nationality who are permanent residents of any country in the region will be considered, but preference will be given to citizens of Latin American or Caribbean nations. Fellowship winners will be expected to relocate to New Orleans for the duration of the fellowship and to give a public presentation at Tulane of their work-in-progress during their stay. Fellowships may be held at any time between July 20, 2008 and June 30, 2009.

The application deadline for fellowships for 2008-2009 is 5pm Central Time, April 18, 2008.

Aside from the residential requirement, criteria for selection include:

* The merit of the research project and proposal, which should be in any field of the humanities or social sciences.

* The relevance to the project of the resources of the Latin American Library.

* The scholarly achievements and merit of the candidate, and the significance of his/her project.

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