"From Social Exclusion to Political Inclusion. São Paulo, Brazil, During Suplicy's Administration"
Professor Olivier Dabene from the Institut d'études Politiques de Paris
Tuesday, February 27, 20072:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Facing deep social inequalities and high levels of violence, the mayor of São Paulo, Marta Suplicy, tried to “reverse the priorities”, implementing a series of policies aimed at closing the gap between rich and poor. The “policy mix” was composed of classical income redistribution mechanisms and a more innovative intent to socialize the access to cultural products and to valorise the artistic production of the inner city.
In some of the most violent districts of the city, these initiatives have been welcomed by the hip hop movement. Representatives of the underground culture, most notably figures like the writer Ferréz or the rap band Racionais MC’s, had long advocated for social and political inclusion.
The result of this encounter between politics and policies is ambiguous, though. Marta Suplicy’s definitively gained the support of the poor neighbourhoods but lost the middle class vote and lost the 2004’s elections.
This conference is based on Professor Dabene's latest book : Exclusion et politique à São Paulo. Les outsiders de la démocratie au Brésil, Paris, Karthala, 2006
Professor Olivier Dabène holds a PhD in Political Science from the Grenoble Institute Political Studies (IEP) and earned the state “Aggregation” in political science. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Texas in Austin, researcher at the Center of Mexican and Central American studies (CEMCA) in Costa Rica, and was a diplomat in charge of cultural and academic cooperation for the French embassy in São Paulo, Brazil. He has been director of the program and of the Center of Comparative Political Studies at the IEP of Aix-en-Provence. Visiting professor in numerous Spanish and Latin American universities. He is currently professor at the IEP of Paris, where he is the director of the Ibero-American undergraduate studies department and of the Latin-American programs in the Master of comparative politics and societies.
Cost : Free and Open to the Public