Dialogues or cooperation? Judicial intervention in the Brazilian political-electoral system

The judicialization of megapolitics in Brazil, despite its critics, is a consequence of the 1988’s Constitution, which strengthened the judicial institutions, such as Brazilian Supreme Court and Electoral Justice. Also, judicial intervention would be made possible by factors such as parliamentary delegation (MARCHETTI; CORTEZ, 2009), instability of electoral regulation, which would demand constant update (SADEK, 1995) and the Brazilian model of electoral governance (v.g GRAEFF; BARRETO, 2017). In this context, political actors and civil associations provoke judicial branch, so the interpretation of constitutional principles may establish guidelines to structure electoral mechanisms. The research, after an exploratory-qualitative analysis of emblematic decisions in electoral matters, concludes that there is an ongoing “political reform” in the judicial branch, followed by attempts to reverse these decisions in parliament, which shows a competition between the political and legal systems