International Seminar

“Building State Capacities: The Challenges of Civil Service”



The International Seminar Building State Capacities: The Challenges of Civil Service is an initiative organized by the National School of Public Administration (Escola Nacional de Administração Pública – Enap) that aims to promote the discussion on the construction of state capacities for public policy implementation and development.

The Seminar brings together academics, practitioners and public servants to exchange and disseminate knowledge on issues related to the contemporary public management debate, such as state capacities, governance, the role of bureaucracy and the modernization of public service.

The Seminar also marks the 80th Anniversary of the Public Service Review (Revista do Serviço Público – RSP) and the 31st Anniversary of ENAP. Both dates will be celebrated during the launch of the commemorative exhibition that recalls the Eight-decades trajectory of the publication and its important contribution to the diffusion of knowledge on public administration in Brazil.

RSP. The Public Service Review – RSP is the oldest journal in the field in circulation in Brazil. Its first issue was edited on November 1937 by the Federal Civil Service Council, the precursor of the Department of Public Service Administration (DASP). After a period of interruption from 1975 to 1980, it was republished by Civil Service Training Center (FUNCEP) and, after a new interruption period, from 1990 to 1993, started to be edited by ENAP.


19 SEPT 2017 (Tuesday)


Welcome and Breakfast


Opening Session

Francisco Gaetani – President of the National School of Public Administration (Enap)

Gleisson Rubin – Secretary of Management of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Management (MP)

Pablo Silva Cesário – National Confederation of Industry

Augusto Akira Chiba – Secretary of Human Resources of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Management (MP)

Victor Rico Frontaura – Representative of CAF – Latin American Development Bank in Brazil


Magna Conference: The construction of digital government and services to citizens

Mark Evans – Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis – University of Canberra.– • Director and professor of Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra. He is a specialist in the study and practice of governance and policy analysis. Before assuming this position, he was Director of the Policy Department at York University in the United Kingdom and Provost at Halifax College (1999-2009). Mark has played an international role in supporting good administrative practices in public administration in developed and developing fields. He has served as a senior policy consultant, provided training and managed evaluation projects in 26 countries, including Australia, Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Libya, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. The recent research projects in Australia which includes evaluations of Austrade integrity systems (2011), the role of the National Water Commission in Australian water governance (2011-12), the employment program DEEWR’s “Home to Work” (2012 ), for the Prime Minister’s Office. He also works with a number of Australian councils in the design and implementation of better policymaking structures to guide sustainable development. At the international level, he has completed the evaluation of the United Nations Development Program on Opportunities and Challenges for Public Administration Reform – Arab Transitions (2014). He also conducted a number of evaluations of development programs led by the international community to the World Bank. Mark Evans is currently working at the UK Cabinet in his innovative Open Policy Creation Program at the Australian Museum of Democracy on the new 1-Voice Power Exhibition and the Healthy Lifestyle and Indigenous Development Program for the Health Department (With CeRAPH). Mark is the author, co-author or editor of 24 books in his field and has been the editor of Political Studies since 2005.

Coordinator: Fernando Filgueiras. Director of research and postgraduate studies stricto sensu. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro. Master in Political Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Professor from the Department of Political Science at UFMG. Researcher from the National Council for Scientific and Technologic Development (CNPq) and author of books and academic articles published in national and international journals. He was coordinator of the Reference Center of Public Interest of UFMG. He was Director of the Faculty of Philosophy and Human Sciences of UFMG.


(Executive Lunch for Seminar speakers)


Roundtable 1: Civil public service reforms in Latin America

Coordinator: Marizaura Reis de Souza Camões. General Coordinator of Research of the National School of Public Administration – Enap. Federal Public Servant belonging to the career of Specialist in Public Policy and Governmental Management of the Planning, Development and Management Ministry of the Brazilian Federal Executive Power. Specialist in People Management by Enap, studied the support of transfer of training in lato sensu graduate programs. Master in Administration from the University of Brasilia, she developed a diagnostic research for the process of formulation and implementation of the National Personnel Development Policy of the Brazilian federal government. Acting and academic production in the area of Management of People in the Public Sector, Implementation of Public Policies and Innovation in the Public Sector. Acting as a teacher and tutor in the Specialization Courses in People Management in the Public Sector and Specialization in Public Management of Enap.

Juan Carlos Cortazar Velarde. Specialist in Modernization of the State of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Sociologist (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) and Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management (Universidad de Chile), with complete studies of doctorate in Management (London School of Economics and Political Science). He has been a teacher at universities in Peru, Chile and Argentina, as well as at the Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development (INDES). He has experience in dialogue with government authorities, the elaboration of institutional development and policy reform projects, as well in direct government management and program implementation. His main areas of academic interest are public management, the implementation of public policies and civil service reform.

Christian Schuster. Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Public Management at UCL since 2015.  He has previously been the LSE Fellow in Political Science and Public Policy at the London School of Economics, a Visiting Scholar at Sciences Po, a Visiting Research Scholar at the Inter-American Development Bank and an Economist with the World Bank. He received his PhD in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His research draws on surveys, experiments and elite interviews to study civil service management, public service motivation, corruption, transparency and the politics of bureaucratic reform. In 2016-2017, he is co-leading (with Jan Meyer-Sahling) a £400,000 British Academy – UK Department for International Development (DFID) research project on civil service reform and anti-corruption in developing countries. The project comprises the largest cross-country survey of public servants in the developing world to-date. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, Governance, Public Administration Review, Public Administration and the European Journal of Political Research, as well as with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.




Roundtable: Building state capacities in Brazil

Coordinator: Alexandre Gomide. He is a member of the Planning and Research career of the Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea) since 1997. He currently holds the position of head of the Technical Advisory Office of the Office of the President of IPEA. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Government from FGV-SP, with a sandwich degree period in the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley (2011); Master’s graduation in Economics from UFRGS (1998); and a graduation in Economics by UFU (1992). He was Director of Regulation and Management of the Ministry of Cities (2004-5); Director of Cooperation and Development of Ipea (2006); Director of Studies and Policies of the State, Institutions and Democracy of IPEA (2011-12); Director of Urban Mobility Programs of the Growth Acceleration Program (2013), among other senior management and advisory positions in the federal government and subnational governments. Professor of the Professional Master in Public Policy and Development at Ipea. Collaborating professor of the courses of specialization and training for careers of the National School of Public Administration (ENAP). INCT Associate Researcher on Public Policies, Strategies and Development.

Celina Souza. She holds a law graduation by the Federal University of Bahia (1971), a Master Degree in Public Administration from Getúlio Vargas Foundation (RJ) (1980) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from London School of Economics and Political Science (1995). She has experience in Political Science, with emphasis on State and Government, working mainly in the following topics: federalism, fiscal federalism, decentralization, subnational government and public policies.

Maria Rita Loureiro. She is a Full Professor at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (in the area of Public Administration and Government) at the Faculty of Economics (FEA) at the University of São Paulo. She holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of São Paulo (1984), post-doctorate in Sociology at École des hautes études en sciences sociales de Paris (1986-88) and Political Science at New York University (1999-2000). She is a member of the International Political Science Association, member of the editorial board of the Brazilian Political Science Review and from the editorial board of the Journal of Political Economy and the Public Service Magazine. Her area of work today is the State, Government and Government Institutions, conducting research and publishing mainly on the following topics: democracy, democratic controls, relations between politics and bureaucracy, ruling elites, fiscal policy, transparency and public spending.

Sérgio Praça. Is a professor and researcher at the School of Social Sciences of the CPDOC (FGV-RJ). He is also a researcher at the Center for Policy and Economy of the Public Sector (Cepesp) of FGV-SP. He holds a master’s and doctorate in Political Science from USP and post-doctorate from FGV-SP. His academic works have already been published by the Latin American Politics and Society journals, the Journal of Politics in Latin America, the Latin American Research Review, the Brazilian Political Science Review, the Brazilian Journal of Social Sciences, the New Studies of Cebrap and Public Opinion, among others.


80th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony of the Public Service Review



20 SEPT 2017 (Wednesday)


Welcome Breakfast


Magna Conference: Governance reform and state capacity in Latin America

Katherine Bersch. Is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. Her research is focused on governance reform and state capacity, with an emphasis in Latin America. She employs a range of research methods to understand the political conditions under which policies designed to reduce corruption, increase transparency, and enhance accountability are successful and durable. Bersch’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Politics, Governance, the European Journal of Development Research, Information Polity, and in Miguel Centeno, Atul Kohli, and Deborah Yashar’s edited volume with Dinsha Mistree, States in the Developing World. She is the recipient of the 2015 LAPIS Award from the Latin American Studies Association for her paper on state capacity with Sérgio Praça and Matthew M. Taylor, and her research has been supported by a Fulbright IIE Grant, a Boren Fellowship from the National Security Education Program, an Eisenhower-Roberts Fellowship, a Mike Hogg Endowed Fellowship from the University of Texas, and a National P.E.O. Scholar Award. Bersch earned her PhD in Government in August 2015 from the University of Texas at Austin.

Coordinator: Francisco Gaetani. President of the National School of Public Administration (ENAP). He is a Specialist in Public Policy and Government Management and holds a degree in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He holds a doctorate in Political Science and a Master Degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics. In the Ministry of Planning (MP), Gaetani held the position of Executive Secretary, Deputy Executive Secretary and Secretary of Management. He also served as Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Environment (MMA). At Enap, he acted as Director of Training. Mr. Gaetani also worked in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and held, among others, the position of general coordinator for Brazil. He also served as Director of the School of Government of Minas Gerais – João Pinheiro Foundation; Advisor of Academic Planning at UFMG; Planning Advisor of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce; and Project Manager of the State Secretariat of Labor and Social Action for the State of Minas Gerais. He is also a licensed Professor at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC-MG).


(Executive Lunch for Seminar Speakers)


Roundtable 3: Challenges in the implementation of public policies

Coordinator: Mariana Batista da Silva. Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the Federal University of Pernambuco. She holds a degree in Social Sciences, a Master Degree and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Federal University of Pernambuco. Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University (2017). She is interested in studies about the internal dynamics of the Executive Branch, legislative studies, analysis and evaluation of public policies, corruption and autonomy and control of regulatory agencies.

Ana Cláudia Niedhardt Capella. Assistant Professor of the Department of Public Administration at Faculty of Sciences and Letters, Campus of Araraquara – UNESP. She holds a degree in Public Administration, graduated from the Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho State University (UNESP). She is a Master in Social Sciences (CAPES Concept 4), graduated from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCAR) and PhD in Social Sciences (CAPES Concept 4), graduated from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCAR).

Luciana Leite Lima. Professor of the Postgraduate Program in Public Policy and the Department of Sociology of the Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. PhD in Social Sciences (Unicamp), master in Sociology (UFRGS), bachelor in Administration (Unisinos). She teaches and researches in the area of public policy management and implementation. Participates in the research group Public Policy and Society of CNPq and the Public Policy Assessment WG of the Center for International Studies on Government (CEGOV) of UFRGS. Member of the Brazilian Society of Sociology, the Brazilian Association of Political Science and the Brazilian Monitoring and Evaluation Network.

Roberto Pires. Professor at the National School of Public Administration (ENAP) and researcher at IPEA. Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT (United States, 2009). Master degree in Political Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2004) and a degree in Public Administration from João Pinheiro Foundation (2001). Areas of study: Implementation of Public Policies; Bureaucracy and Social Participation.


Coffee Break


Roundtable 4: New perspectives on the role of bureaucracy: representation, activism and mediation

Coordinator: Gabriela Spanghero Lotta. Assistant Professor of Public Policy at UFABC. Ph.D. in Political Science at USP, Master and graduated in public administration by FGV. Coordinator of the Nucleus of Studies of the Bureaucracy (NEB) of UFABC. Lecturer at the National School of Public Administration, ENAP. Coordinator of AT State and Public Policies of ABCP. She worked with advisory, research and training for various governments. She works mainly in the areas of public policy, bureaucracy, implementation and government management.

Felix Garcia Lopez Junior. Graduate, Master and Ph.D. in Sociology (IFCS / UFRJ, 2005), researcher at Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) and professor of the Masters in Public Policy and Development, at the same Institute. He develops research on positions of trust in the federal bureaucracy and on the functioning of the Federal Executive Power of Brazil. Besides, he studies the patterns of interaction between NGOs and the State. Coordinator of the digital platform Map of Civil Society Organizations (

Vanessa Elias de Oliveira. Professor of Political Science from the Bachelor of Public Policy and Permanent Professor of two Postgraduate Programs of the Federal University of ABC (UFABC): Postgraduate in Public Policy and Postgraduate Planning and Territory Management. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of São Paulo and a Master’s Degree in Collective Health from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa de São Paulo. She was a CAPES Scholarship holder, doing a Doctorate-Sandwich at Columbia University. She works in Political Science, with emphasis on Institutional Analysis and Public Policies. She develops research on the judicialization of public policies in Brazil, on public bureaucracy and the implementation of public policies, and on brazilian municipalism and intergovernmental relations in Brazilian federalism.