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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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BECERRIL VELASCO, Christian Iván. The State's Role in Alleviating Poverty in the Neoliberal Era. A Theoretical Approach. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2015, vol.60, n.225, pp.369-393. ISSN 0185-1918.

Differing from what has been stated by the Washington Consensus indicating that state intervention to help the poor only exacerbates poverty, this work examines if the degree of institutional weakness of the developing States is what prevents them from reaching a solution. The article is divided into five sections. In the first section, the reforms implemented by the Washington Consensus in Latin America are presented descriptively, as well as the subsequent dismantling of the Welfare State. In the second section, the importance of state intervention in the coordination of the economy to avoid poverty and social violence is exposed. In the third, we explore the role of the State under the current logic of the fundamental paradigm for poverty alleviation. In the fourth, the existing relationship between the institutional capacities of the State and poverty is discussed. Finally, the last section presents conclusions.

Keywords : Washington consensus; state intervention; poverty; Predatory State; Developmental State.

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