Brazilian legislative branch: powers, activities and dysfunctionalities

Contemporary constitutional theory has a number of new concepts designed to address dysfunctionalities at the Legislative branch considering its functions, how it operates changes in constitutions and legislation, its jurisdictional powers, among other activities. Brazilian reality is no exception to these problems: Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, successive amendments to the Constitution aimed at removing social rights, major legislative changes in labor rights, and threats to women's rights are some of the recent activities of Brazilian Parliament. Some authors consider that a number of these changes are unconstitutional constitutional amendments and even that Brazil is going through a process of Constitutional dismemberment. This research aims to examine the Brazilian reality combining empirical and theoretical approaches to demonstrate how the Legislative branch operates and if it is dysfunctional, and to project solutions to these issues in order to ensure constitutional democracy.