By Elisa P. Reis, Mick Moore

ISBN-10: 184277638X

ISBN-13: 9781842776384

Drawing on case experiences from more than a few constructing international locations, the participants to this quantity become aware of significant alterations in how nationwide elites comprehend and characterize poverty. The vintage threats that brought about elites in past due nineteenth century Europe, similar to the terror of crime, epidemics, army weak point or political unrest--do now not function prominently within the awareness of so much constructing nation elites. Nor do such a lot of them think that there's a manageable option to poverty via public motion. The findings support to give an explanation for the relative ineffectiveness of poverty aid thoughts to date, and illustrate the necessity to current poverty in ways in which tie in with how nationwide elites comprehend their world.

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Yen and E. , M. Raiser and W. Buiter (2001) ‘Nature’s Blessing or Nature’s Curse: The Political Economy of Transition in Resource-based Economies’, Working Paper no. 65, London: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Global Witness (2004) Time for Transparency. Coming Clean on Oil, Mining and Gas Revenues, Washington, DC: Global Witness Goldstein, K. (2002) ‘Getting in the Door: Sampling and Completing Elite Interviews’, PS, December, pp. 669–72 Higley, J. and G. Lengyel (2000) ‘Introduction: Elite Configurations after State Socialism’, in J.

Even though it is not possible to use existing knowledge to characterize Brazilian elites in detail, it is certainly possible to provide some background information about them. In terms of social origins, most are upwardly mobile. This reflects the substantial mobility found generally in Brazil. As a new society, and as a result of fast structural transformation, Brazil has opened up a considerable number of new positions to its population. While it is true that the majority of the mobile are concentrated at the bottom layers of society, there has also been space for considerable upward movement in the middle and higher levels of the social hierarchy owing to rapid urbanization and industrialization (Pastore 1989; Pastore and Valle e Silva 2000; Scalon 1999).

1. Again, it is less important in the eyes of union leaders, who tend to rank poverty, income distribution and other economic issues as more significant. Displaying sensitivity to the size or relevance of a problem does not necessarily mean that it will be placed at the top of the country’s policy agenda. The respondents were also asked to rank a given list of policy objectives in terms of priority. 3 summarizes their answers. Once again, the educational issue appears in first place. Nearly a quarter of the respondents identified the socio-economic objective of increasing the nation’s educational levels as the priority target for the immediate future.

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