More than justices, protagonists of the political debate? The Brazilian electoral governance model under scrutiny

The judicialization of megapolitics in Brazil is the result of the extensive constitutionalization of important rules of political competition and the adoption of electoral governance model that attributes to Judiciary the rule making, application and adjudication of Electoral Law. Thus, the institutional consortium between the Superior Electoral Court and the Federal Supreme Court plays an important role in maintaining the minimum conditions of the democratic-representative arrangement. Recently, the electoral process has been questioned by its “failures” and “unreliability”, with the possibility of non-acceptance of the electoral result being raised. In a system in which constitutional amendments are constantly invoked and seen as an important variable in the political debate, our research explores how the Brazilian Judiciary will arbitrate the 2022 elections, but will also have its institutional format, functions and prerogatives discussed by the actors in dispute.