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FIGUEIREDO, Argelina Cheibub; TORRES, Haroldo da Gama  and  BICHIR, Renata Mirandola. The Brazilian social conjuncture revisited.Translated byAnthony Doyle. Novos estud. - CEBRAP [online]. 2006, vol.2Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0101-3300.

This article seeks to identify the Brazilian State's efficiency in supplying "basic needs" to the poor. Taking as a guideline two surveys concerning social policies and access to public services among the poorest 40% of households 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 1980's.

Keywords : poverty; public services; social policies; the State.

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