Deconstituents practices and the advance of democratic erosion in Brazil

The concern with contemporary democracies has taken over the main research agendas in the world. Although the movement of democratic decline is global, reaching both long-lasting and consolidating democracies, the effects of the crisis are stronger on young democracies as they affect the dynamics of protecting social rights, which causes structural damage. Based on this assumption, the purpose of this paper is to investigate how the Brazilian Constitution is being used by political and legal actors to promote deconstituents practices (considered as actions that de-constitutionalize rights without more refined constitutional changes) that affect fundamental rights and guarantees, with a focus on social labor rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is hoped that this research can contribute to a better characterization of the reality in the face of the ongoing democratic erosion.