Brazilian federation on the move: opportunism and decentralization to face the COVID-19 pandemic

This article analyzes the challenges faced by the Brasilian Federal State during the health crisis. The historical roots of centralization and the actual constitutional design that tends to decentralization, appear at the pandemic as facing its limits. The National Congress, subnational governments (SG), and the Federal Supreme Court (FSC) acted as important players in this field, given the omissions and excesses performed by the Federal Government (FG). The fragility of the cooperation between the entities, deepened by the anti-scientific and negationist trajectory of the FG, is a sign of a possible change to more decentralization shown also by the way of acting by the FSC. From February 2020 and on, statutes and the jurisprudence of the FSC describe this competitive relationship between the entities, a little willingness to direct the crisis by the FG and the problems faced by other branches and SG political action mode to face de socio-economic, political, problems