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Brazilian Journal of Political Economy

Print version ISSN 0101-3157On-line version ISSN 1809-4538

Abstract

MARQUES, Rosa Maria  and  MENDES, Áquilas. O social no governo Lula: a construção de um novo populismo em tempos de aplicação de uma agenda neoliberal. Rev. Econ. Polit. [online]. 2006, vol.26, n.1, pp.58-74. ISSN 0101-3157.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-31572006000100004.

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the main characteristics of new Lula's government support. The paper's hypothesis concentrates in the idea of starting a different political approach, "a new populism". The paper argues that Lula's government to keep in power, beyond of going on with the neoliberal project - unfinished in the last years of FHC government -, needs to build up a solid and trustful political support, which is being done by implementing income transfer programs directed to poor people and the ones with less organization experience. This paper also calls the attention to Lula's government nature, in order to clarify the difficulties which should be dealt and the tasks to be developed in building up a political party that defends workers emancipation and Brazilians exploited.

Keywords : social policy; Lula government; populism.

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