The family grant program: new institutionalism in Brazilian social policy

The Family Grant Program was established by the Brazilian federal government in October 2003 to fight poverty and hunger and promote innovations in government social intervention. This article analyzes the program's design and tries to identify possible inflections contained within it, based on the following focus: conditions of access, conditionalities, decentralization, intersectoral factors and social control. The study analyzed official documents and legislation, and indicates the limits and potential for their operationalization. The changes planned are highlighted by the complex effort to expand the decision-making arena, in order to incorporate different government levels and spheres as well as civil society. Limitations were noted that were created by the restrictive mechanisms for the focalization of clientele and by the lack of definition of factors related to social control and shared management. The question of conditionalities is a central problem that deserves greater study.

social policy; fighting poverty; income transfer programs; Family Grant

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Serviço Social e Curso de Graduação em Serviço Social da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina , Centro Socioeconômico , Curso de Graduação em Serviço Social , Programa de Pós-Graduação em Serviço Social, Campus Universitário Reitor João David Ferreira Lima, 88040-900 - Florianópolis - Santa Catarina - Brasil, Tel. +55 48 3721 6524 - Florianópolis - SC - Brazil