The labyrinths of power: an ethnography of the Assembly of the Republic

Leading researcher: João Mineiro
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Type of project: Doctoral research
Status: Ongoing
Keywords: State | Assembly of the Republic | Parliament | Power | Political anthropology


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BD/120193/2016
Starting date: 01-01-17

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Abstract

The Assembly of the Republic is one of the most important institutions of the Portuguese State. Despite being constantly reported by traditional media, some of the interactional contexts in which legislative construction, executive oversight, and political representation processes are structured remain unknown. With the objective of overcoming the institutional self-representations, this project analyzes the invisible mechanisms of parliamentary democracy, from the monitoring and observation of deputies, parliamentary officials and other professionals of the institution, their interactions, and the relationship they establish with the outside. To do that, we propose an ethnographic fieldwork witch portrays the exercise of political representation and the interactions and trajectories of the agents that exercise it, in an ethnographic and historical present marked by transformations in the relationship with the European institutions, by an increasing lack of confidence in institutions and considerable changes in the forms of mediatic world.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub36*Catarina FroisSupervisorproj317*The labyrinths of power: an ethnography of the Assembly of the RepublicDoctoral researchOngoing
pub508*João MineiroResearch scholarproj317*The labyrinths of power: an ethnography of the Assembly of the RepublicDoctoral researchOngoing
Other researchers

ResearcherPositionInstitutionProjOutrosTitulo_EN
José NevesSupervisorNOVA FCSHproj317*The labyrinths of power: an ethnography of the Assembly of the Republic