Professor Olivier Dabene from the Institut d'études Politiques de Paris
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
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
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
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