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Presidents and policy-making: has Brazil's CCT-led anti-poverty agenda gone far enough?

Fenwick, Tracy

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In order to identify the causal mechanisms (rational learning, adaptation, and innovation) driving changes in the area of anti-poverty policy in Brazil, this article traces the micro-level decision-making processes across three presidents. It begins by laying out the politics of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) in Brazil and presidential usage of this targeted social policy instrument since the 1990s. In contrast to previous presidents, President Dilma Rousseff’s decisions did not enable her...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFenwick, Tracy
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-02T04:56:57Z
dc.identifier.issn0144-2872
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/247346
dc.description.abstractIn order to identify the causal mechanisms (rational learning, adaptation, and innovation) driving changes in the area of anti-poverty policy in Brazil, this article traces the micro-level decision-making processes across three presidents. It begins by laying out the politics of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) in Brazil and presidential usage of this targeted social policy instrument since the 1990s. In contrast to previous presidents, President Dilma Rousseff’s decisions did not enable her rationally intended policy agenda. Why? The President him or herself is privileged as the central actor whose decision-making processes impact policy development and its subsequent performance. I will argue that prior to the most recent changes under Dilma, was the demise of CCTs being ‘good enough’ from a policy perspective. The major challenge for any president in Brazil remains low levels of political and societal consensus over the kind of social reforms required to end the intergenerational transmission of poverty in Brazil; a policy dilemma confounded by the absence of a single unifying institutional actor and the extent of power diffusion in Brazilian federalism
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.rights© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourcePolicy Studies
dc.subjectBrazilian politics
dc.subjectBolsa Família
dc.subjectconditional cash transfer programmes
dc.subjectLatin America
dc.subjectbounded rationality
dc.subjectfederalism
dc.subjectintergovernmental relations
dc.subjectLula
dc.subjectDilma
dc.titlePresidents and policy-making: has Brazil's CCT-led anti-poverty agenda gone far enough?
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume38
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor160603 - Comparative Government and Politics
local.identifier.absfor160512 - Social Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB5400
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.routledge.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationFenwick, Tracy, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.identifier.doi10.1080/01442872.2017.1290230
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T10:58:31Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85015028045
local.identifier.thomsonID000396022600002
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