Quotation Leubolt, Bernhard. 2014. Social policies and redistribution in Brazil. Global Labour University Working Paper, No. 26.




This paper aims at analyzing the contribution of social policies to declining rates of income inequalities in Brazil since the 1990s. Based on a framework of historical institutionalism, Brazil is characterised as a traditionally patrimonial society, marked by the institution of slavery. Important ruptures occurred during democratization in the 1980s, when social movements successfully fought for social rights which featured prominently in the democratic constitution of 1988. During the 1990s a contradictory confluence of these achievements and neoliberal reforms led to the promotion of 'inclusive liberalism'. From the mid-2000s onwards policies began to shift in the direction of 'developmental welfare', combining active state interventionism in economic and social policies with targeted cash transfers. This combination avoided the pitfalls of 'inclusive liberalism' and promoted a considerable reduction of social inequalities.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Social policies and redistribution in Brazil
Title of whole publication Global Labour University Working Paper, No. 26
Year 2014
URL http://www.global-labour-university.org/fileadmin/GLU_Working_Papers/GLU_WP_No.26.pdf


Leubolt, Bernhard (Former researcher)
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5000 Social Sciences (Details)
5119 Development policy (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5427 Poverty research, social exclusion (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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