Part II

Monica Herman Caggiano, Associate Professor at the Department of Public Law at the University of São Paulo, The Right to Good Government. Instruments and Results. The Brazilian Experience
The debate around the delicate question of the right of citizens to good government has been a relevant topic all through the various periods of the history of mankind, as a part of the continuous quest for political formulas that can guarantee freedom from the abuse by the State.

In the modern context, as the world undergoes an intense process of globalization that is leading to more radical attitudes, the discussion regarding the right of citizens to good government continues to cause concerns. There remains the need for measures and actions that can concretely guarantee this right and ensure its effective implementation.

This paper analyses one of the most controversial topics of the 21st century - the ideas of good governance and of the autonomy of the State – in order to identify a system of guarantees aimed at the concrete defense of rights from potential abuse perpetrated by a new power: the emerging power of a globalized world.

The object of this paper is not to exhaust this complex and sophisticated scenario, nor to analyze the issue from its various and multiple aspects. The purpose here is to bring forth some sensitive and controversial topics for reflection by discussing the federative formula adopted by the Brazilian Constitution of 1988, in order to underscore the need for a collective effort to reinforce the instruments and formulae adopted to make life in society possible through a framework of trustworthy governance.

Key words:  Brazilian federation, public morality, principles of public administration, phenomenology of power, corruption as a collective phenomenon, administrative mismanagement, human rights, fundamental rights

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