Dados is one of the most widely-read social sciences journals in Latin America. Created in 1966, it publishes innovative works, originating from academic research, by Brazilian and foreign authors. Edited by IESP-UERJ, it aims to reconcile scientific rigor and academic excellence with an emphasis on public debate based on the analysis of substantive issues of society and politics.
The article is concerned with the reform of the Brazilian State in the 1990s. Its main objective is to analyze the principles guiding these reforms, with a focus on the principle of decentralization. It undertakes a comparative analysis of agenda-setting, based on conservative and progressive theses. Innovative points and their weaknesses, limitations, and potentialities are considered in analytical terms. It is concluded that the decisive powers should view this movement, which is in favor of decentralization, as a valuable act for public institutions, that is, as an opportunity for consolidating citizenship
Keywords: welfare state, public sector reform, decentralization, neoliberalism, social-democracyArgumentos em Torno de um "Velho" Tema: A Descentralização