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Economic Growth and Social Exclusion

Statement of the contradictions between the macroeconomic indicators - which influence government politics - and the reality of social problems - which are not taken into account.

Jaerson Bezerra, October 2000

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Summary :

Economic growth is maintained whereas social exclusion increases; yet this situation is not represented by social indicators. Macroeconomic performance measurements represent the success of the economic policies but omit situations of social inequality. They boast the performances of the indexes but are not related to the social welfare of the population and fail to take into account excluded sectors. Economic policies only seek the adaptation of the national economy to the rules of capitalism, and thus give new dynamics to social exclusion (i.e. as regards access to goods and services).

Changes require a realistic evaluation of the economic policies - by crossing economic and social indicators - and more decentralisation and democratisation of the decision making process.