Services on Demand
Novos Estudos - CEBRAP
On-line version ISSN 1980-5403
FIGUEIREDO, Argelina Cheibub; TORRES, Haroldo da Gama and BICHIR, Renata Mirandola. A conjuntura social brasileira revisitada. Novos estud. - CEBRAP [online]. 2006, n.75, pp. 173-183. ISSN 1980-5403. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-33002006000200012.
This article seeks to identify Brazilian States efficiency in supplying "basical needs" for the poor population. Taking as a guideline two surveys concerning the access to public services and social policies of the 40% poorest homes in the city of São Paulo, it suggests that State action remains crucial and that the general social condition of the poor has not improved significantly since the 1980s.
Keywords : poverty; public services; social policies; State.