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Jeni Vaitsman, Jose M. Ribeiro, and Lenaura Lobato

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306849

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306849.001.0001

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Brazil's National Council for Social Assistance and the Policy Community Supporting Social Assistance as a Right

Brazil's National Council for Social Assistance and the Policy Community Supporting Social Assistance as a Right

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(p.135) Eleven Brazil's National Council for Social Assistance and the Policy Community Supporting Social Assistance as a Right
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Policy analysis in Brazil
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Soraya Vargas Côrtes

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306849.003.0011

The chapter examines the activities of sector policy communities in Brazil, particularly the national social assistance policy council (Conselho Nacional de Assistência Social; CNAS). The policy community connected with social assistance was among those responsible for the transition from a model of assistance based on religious charity to one of social rights. In the neo-corporatist tradition considered by the author, the CNAS operates under government influence. In addition, throughout the 2000s, a dynamic of coalitions can be seen on the council, with government and professional and trade union associations congregated at one extreme, and religious and service provider organisations at the other. In the course of the process, it is observed a transition from a situation where religious and philanthropic organisations had the initiative to one where the central bureaucracy was in control and the social rights agenda took precedence over one based on charity.

Keywords:   Policy analysis, Policy community, Social assistance, Social welfare, Social rights, Brazil

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