Social Structure and Distributive Policies under the PT Governments: A Poverty-Reducing Variety of Neoliberalism
Latin American Perspectives
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Loureiro, P. (2020). Social Structure and Distributive Policies under the PT Governments: A Poverty-Reducing Variety of Neoliberalism. Latin American Perspectives, 47 (2), 65-83. https://doi.org/10.1177/0094582X19881986
This article investigates Brazil’s social structure and associated distributive policies during the PT governments, concluding that the latter did not depart from neoliberalism, but rather implemented a poverty-reducing variant of the latter. Through minimum wage hikes, conditional cash transfers, legislation driving financial innovation and the subsidising of privately provided, for-profit services, state power was used to include individuals into ever-expanding formal circuits of commodity production and consumption. Deprivation in multiple dimensions was indeed reduced through these policies, but in the process social mobility came to mean exiting poverty, getting a formal, low-skilled job and accessing credit at lower interest rates to pay for state-subsidised private health and education.
Capes, grant BEX 0840/14-9.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0094582X19881986
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