Author(s) Adriana Pereira Ribeiro Braga
Advisor(s) Isabel Celeste M. Fonseca
Year 2016

Synopsis This paper studies the status and bond that a civil servant or public servant should have with the state. In the traditional model it was thought to be the public interest the determining factor of public life, thus the civil servant would have a proper and stable relationship with the state, differentiated from other contracts. Such as the private ones. Currently, due to the privatization movements from the 1980s and the funding and the public spending crisis the way otthinking, in same cases, has been Legislation has been trying to make the public link more flexible and close to the private sector. The Portuguese law seems to have developed more strongly a path towards a certain privatization of a public employment relationship, while there were same also the attempts in Brazil, but to a lesser degree and without the same success (though always partial). This study will focus on the various fluctuations in the law governing the exercise of non-political or judicial civil service functions in Portugal and Brazil, to assess what was the magnitude of these oscillations and what are the actual changes that have been taking place in the law, namely in the privatization of civil service.

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