Constitutional Erosion in Brazil: steps towards systematization

Based on Daly’s alert about the need for mapping concepts, this paper intends to contribute to the systematization of Brazil’s constitutional erosion literature. It divides the search between structural and substantial terms. On the structural side, it finds a prevalence of executive and judicial led attacks towards constitutional and legal norms contribute to the reduction of freedom of expression and minority group’s rights, and that perpetrate an illiberal agenda. On the substantial side, there is a mapping of concepts dedicated to the increase on polarization and a lack of confidence in institutions. One of the main findings is that Brazil’s academia is in touch with the global state of the art, importing and translating concepts. It also presents Emilio Meyer constitutional erosion as a concept capable of embracing the country’s nuances, since it is dedicated to attacks against constitutional structures linked to Brazil’s constitutional identity and social-democratic project.