Quotation Leubolt, Bernhard. 2014. Moving Towards 'Developmental Welfare States'? The Transformation of Inequality Regimes in Brazil and South Africa. SASE Annual Conference. Mini Conference 9 'The Social Dimension of State Capitalism in the BRICs: Contentiousness and New Arenas of Concertation' Chicago, Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 10.07.-12.07.


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The proposed contribution for the mini-conference is focusing on a comparative analysis of inequality-related policies in Brazil and South Africa. The theoretical framework is inspired by historical institutionalism and the strategic-relational approach (Jessop). In a historical analysis, the dominant historical heritages affecting the inequality regimes will be presented: Slavery in the case of Brazil and institutionalized racism in the case of South Africa. In Brazil, Lula's inauguration in 2003 was marked by a gradual shift away from neo-liberalism. Contours of an emerging 'developmental welfare state' led to the considerable reduction of income inequalities. These changes were accompanied by a new discourse of 'growth through redistribution'. Between 2006 and 2010, Brazilian development seemed to represent an interesting alternative, as poverty reduction boosted private consumption and a neo-keynesian virtuous circle seemed to open. In contrast, recent years have been marked by sluggish economic growth along with diminishing popularity of the political leadership. Nevertheless, the Brazilian development path has been marked by considerable improvements for the poor, while the richest sectors of society did not lose much of their share (as can be seen from the functional distribution of income).

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Moving Towards 'Developmental Welfare States'? The Transformation of Inequality Regimes in Brazil and South Africa
Event SASE Annual Conference. Mini Conference 9 'The Social Dimension of State Capitalism in the BRICs: Contentiousness and New Arenas of Concertation'
Year 2014
Date 10.07.-12.07.
Country United States/USA
Location Chicago
URL https://sase.org/2014---chicago/sase-26th-annual-conference-theme_fr_173.html

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Leubolt, Bernhard (Former researcher)
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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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