A complex legal system that no longer works: prospects for an Administrative Reform in Brazil

Brazil is undergoing intense transformation due the ongoing State reforms on various sectors. One important change is in Brazilian Public Administration structure, grounded on an outdated rule that does not meet 21st Century needs. The so-called Administrative Reform pretends to modify how the public machinery works. The paper aims to map the most relevant triggers faced in the reform and to propose feasible legal changes. The main issue to be dealt with is the complexity and inefficiency of the legal system, which hinders the development of the economy and creates legal uncertainty for regulated sectors. It leads to an overlap of multiple statutes and regulations, and delays. Also, the abuse of regulatory power is a relevant legal issue in the country. Based on the diagnosis, the proposed changes focus on reducing complexity by reviewing outdated rules and regulations; mitigating overlap regulations through cooperative means; and using public sector indicators to improve performance.