PT’s managerial shock? Rethinking the PT’s relationship with managerial reform

Vol. 39 No. 2 (2019)

Apr-Jun / 2019
Published April 1, 2019
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How to Cite

Heitich Fontoura, Leandro. 2019. “PT’s Managerial Shock? Rethinking the PT’s Relationship With Managerial Reform”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 39 (2), 362-83.

PT’s managerial shock? Rethinking the PT’s relationship with managerial reform

Leandro Heitich Fontoura
Doutor em Ciência Política pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 39 No. 2 (2019), Apr-Jun / 2019, Pages 362-383


PT leaders using the slogan “managerial shock” and defending public policies such as performance evaluation, bonus for results and transfer of services to social organizations are not found easily, once this concepts and policies are linked to PSDB, its principal political adversary. This article shows PT mayors that make a review of PT's antireform speech. The article presents data from a search, which identified PT mayors lined up to managerial principles. To evaluate the accession of PT’s local governments to Managerial Public Administration, this search evaluated Managerial Public Administration policies implementation. The search considers five principles of Managerial Public Administration: Planning; Meritocracy; Management Contracts and partnerships; Participation and citizenship; Efficiency and modernization. These principles include 20 policies, and these policies are part of the questionnaire used to interview 10 mayors and staff members of five PT local governments. It was found that, in contact with urban problems, public bureaucracy barriers and increasing of social demands, PT mayors are implementing policies to modernize the management and make it more efficient and effective to citizen. The novelty brought by this article is a review of PT's antireform speech. This posture change is characterized by constraints, tensions and conflicts with party groups and public servants. But it has signs pointing out to the construction of a new view on Managerial Public Administration by PT.

JEL Classification: J18; H11; H83.

Keywords: Public sector reform, managerial public administration, workers’ party, local government, public policies