With re-democratization, the rebirth of the Brazilian federation brought with it a series of auspicious aspects. Yet Brazil must also face up to the growing dilemas on inter-governmental coordination that have been ascertained internationally, as they pertain to Brazilian historical specificities. The present article concentrates primarily on the study of problems and actions of federative coordination that have arisen recently in Brazil, particularly during the administration of ex-president Fernando Henrique Cardoso. This analysis also aims to summarize the challenges of inter-governmental coordination that the Lula government must now face.
federation; centralization; FHC administration; Lula government