Cesar Zucco
PhD in Political Science, University of California Los Angeles (2007)
Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy

Quick links to my c.v. in English, to my and Google Scholar sites, to data from my published articles on the , and to the Brazilian Legislative Surveys project.


I am a Political Scientist and Associate Professor at FGV/EBAPE, a school of business and public administration in Rio de Janeiro. I was previously Assistant Professor at Rutgers, and I have held visiting appointments at Nuffield College, Princeton, Yale, and IUPERJ (currently IESP). I specialize in Latin American politics, and have written on executive-legislative relations, political parties, voting behavior, and the politics of public policy. This website provides information about my published and ongoing projects, as well as links to data and replication materials. I try to keep it updated, but feel free to contact me with suggestions, corrections, or to request materials not available here.

I am the author of "Partisans, Antipartisans, and Nonpartisans" (with David Samuels), published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press. In this book, we employ a mix of observational and experimental techniques to examine the determinants and consequences of party identification in Brazil. We devote quite a lot of attention to negative partisanship, which is particularly important despite having been overlooked by the previous literature. The main message of the book is that partisanship and antipartisanship developed in tandem in Brazil, and have shaped voting behavior to a much greater extent than has been previously acknowledged.

My main current project is a collaboration with Daniela Campello in which we examine how economic factors beyond the control of governments affect their popularity and reelection prospects. We are particularly interested in the consequences of voters' misattribution of responsibility for economic outcomes, particularly in countries reliant on commodity exports and foreign investment flows, and how it prevents voters from holding incumbents accountable. The first paper in the project was published in The Journal of Politics in 2016, a second piece is forthcoming in the same journal, and other working papers are now circulating (see below). And early draft of the book manuscript was discussed in a workshop at Nuffield College in March of 2018, and is expected to be in print with Cambridge University Press by the end of 2020. Our research was mentioned in The Economist, featured in Folha de São Paulo, and discussed in several other media outlets in Brazil and abroad, in 2019. 

Timothy Power and I coordinate the Brazilian Legislative Surveys, a two-decade effort to track and record the beliefs of Brazilian legislators. The 8th wave of the BLS was fielded during the first semester of 2017 and the complete dataset is available in the projects' repository. The first paper out of this wave examined the relative importance of each ministerial position in Brazil and was published in Research and Politics.  A second paper on polarization and fragmentation  has recently been accepted by Comparative Politics. The updated estimates of the ideological positions of Brazilian parties are available as supplemental materials to this publication.

I am also engaged in two public-policy related projects. One is a Metaketa II field experiment on the formalization of low-income microentrepreneurs, in which I collaborate with Anna-Katharina LenzRafael Goldszmitdt, and Martin Valdivia. Data collection from the endline survey was completed in 2019 and the first paper from the project was recently published. The other is a joint project with Natalia Bueno and Felipe Nunes in which we are assessing the political impacts of the "Minha Casa, Minha Vida" housing program. We are finishing a paper based on the first wave of a survey of beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries that ended in 2018, and a second wave is currently in the field.






Última atualização: 20/04/2020