Interest Groups in Brazil

The contribution and role of interest groups in the development ofBrazil are always discussed in the media. With the developments ofthese groups’ activities and the lobbying practices through theinterest groups, it has facilitated shaping the political, social andeconomic status of the country.

Although Brazil political system is not hinged on the interest groupssystem, these groups are instrumental in creating awakening thegovernment in the instances where her leaders make unfavorablepolicies, advocating for equality, and sensitizing the government onpolitical and economic status of the country (Romero,2013, p.287). Some of the major interest groups in Brazil areCNI (National Industry Confederation) and DIAP (ParliamentaryConsulting Inter-Union Department). My interest is on the impacts ofCNI in shaping the future of Brazil and her citizens.

Pluralism and corporatism have been the principal components towardsincreasing superiority and influence of CNI in Brazil. CNI isrelevant for understanding the needs of the society and directinvolvement in state matters that touch on the interests of citizens(Romero, 2013, p.392). Corporatismnature of CNI is essential since it assumes the starting point indetermining the best means of presenting citizens in policy making.This institutional approach ensures that the citizens are representedin most of the contemporary issues facing the country.

Most of the prominent government institutions in Brazil have beenshaped through the role played by the interest groups. CNI is one ofthe interest groups that are involved in sensitizing the Braziliangovernment on the lobbying activities that are bound to causeconflict. For instance, the demonstration that occurred in Sao Pauloduring the preparations of 2002 world cup symbolized some of theinfluence that is retained by the interest groups.

CNI has an executive branch that regulates the resources from thecentral government to the local governments. This responsibilityprovides the CNI with the decision-making power, thus establishing awelfare state where the citizens are adequately presented. Theregulatory authority bestowed upon CNI helps in dealing with thepoverty cases in some of the remote regions in Brazil (Nakane,2001, p. 326). When the federal government is drawing thecommercial, financial and Industrial plans, CNI must be involved topresent her objectives since this group acts as the voice of thepeople. Interestingly, CNI has a power of proposing legislationmeasures by giving valid data and support information as to why to agiven finance should be given an upper hand than the other.

Along the support accorded by the media, the interest groups inBrazil focus on contemporary issues affecting the country such ascorruption. For instance, the media is used as the tool for fuelingthe bitterness in masses in cases where the government officialsbribe the lawmakers to support their opinions favorably. While thismight be a weapon to the lawmakers, it also alerts the government onsome of cold schemes that could demolish government’s objectives ofattaining the set goals as well as gaining the world recognition inmatters relating to politics, economics and social welfares. Apositive perspective on such information is likely to improve thecountry image even to the tourists, hence facilitating the generationof income.

Interest groups have the potentials of obtaining information on thesubject of interest. This capacity is attributable to differenttactics they employ in sourcing the information. For instance, CNIuses lobbying strategies to government officials, pressurizing thelawmakers to support their cause or remain neutral in policy making(Nakane, 2001, p. 211).


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