Category: Brazil

Zeno’s Public-Consultation Paradox: Part 2, No matter how much time you allow

19 March, 2014 (09:00) | Brazil, Bureaucracy, Government, Infrastructure, Olympics, Public choice theory, Relocation, Rio de Janeiro, Theory, Urban development |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post meta-illustrated Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox – you might have thought I could cover the topic in one day’s posting, but I ran over to two, even though I was working with a short story on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition (February 27, 2014).: […]

Zeno’s Public-Consultation Paradox: Part 1, Longer than the time available

18 March, 2014 (13:24) | Brazil, Bureaucracy, Government, Infrastructure, Olympics, Public choice theory, Relocation, Rio de Janeiro, Theory, Urban renewal |

By:David A. Smith   Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox   All public-consultation processes take longer than the time available, even when you take into consideration Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox.   Surely Achilles can catch the tortoise Just as surely, Rio can relocate slum dwellers without resorting to forcible eviction   Sometimes no evil intent is required […]

Slums are alternate power structures

12 January, 2011 (12:09) | Brazil, Global news, Governance, Police, Rio de Janeiro, Slums, Theory | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith   Slums are a world of alternate power structures – and when alternative power is threatened, it does not go quietly, as featured in an AP story picked up by Google News:   Brazilian soldiers on patrol in Vila Cruzeiro   RIO DE JANEIRO (AP), November 27, 2010 — The drug […]

Pay for empowerment? Part 2, the urban challenge

5 October, 2010 (11:49) | Brazil, Donors, Global news, Innovations, Poverty, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday we saw that Bolsa Familia, brazil’s signature anti-poverty program that pays families when they keep their children in school, has been a roaring success, measured by outcomes (increased school attendance), cost (much cheaper than direct programs), participation (12,500,000 families), and politics (all current […]

Pay for empowerment? Part 1, the success

4 October, 2010 (16:06) | Brazil, Donors, Global news, Innovations, Poverty, Sao Paulo, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith   Here’s a novel idea: instead of creating complex programs to direct the poor to help themselves out of poverty, why not just pay them when they do?   Would you keep your daughter in school if we paid you?   As reported in The Economist, Brazil is doing just that […]