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Politics, Poverty, and Policy in Brazil

Kaknes, Elizabeth
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Kaknes, Elizabeth
Advisor
Mershon, Carol
Abstract
This dissertation assesses the ways in which social policy can contribute to the process of democratic consolidation in middle-income countries. It strives to understand the ways in which universalistic social programs help to construct robust party systems and citizenry in developing democracies. Through an in-depth examination of Brazil’s Bolsa Familia Program (a means-tested anti-poverty program that transfers monthly cash stipends to beneficiaries) it highlights the capacity of social policy to contribute to democratic consolidation even in extreme instances of longstanding institutional weakness, as is historically the case in Brazil. Through a tri-partite examination of behavioral effects to the policy’s target population, it strives to understand the intermediary effects of policy on mass opinion. These three constituent foci highlight key areas of scholarly debate regarding the political profile of a vibrant polity: (1) the electoral connection, (2) social class and race, and (3) democratic confidence and efficacy.
Language
English
Date Received
20160720
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Politics, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2016
Published Date
2016-07-29
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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