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GSG Public lecture and round-table: Politics of poverty and the politicisation of state bureaucracies

When:Mo 20-06-2022 14:30 - 17:00
Where:room 1313.0309, Harmony Building

As political polarisation increases throughout the world as measurable electoral outcomes or as socially perceived, state bureaucracies are affected in ways that often go unnoticed. Even before actual policy change, the delivery of state services suffers from volatile politics. Politicisation of state bureaucracies affects first its bureaucrats, but also those depending on these services to meet basic needs: the ‘poor’. In this context, what happens to the exercise of social and political citizenship of different populations living in poverty? Engaging with these questions, this public event will bring together international guests from different disciplines in a two-part discussion:

14:30-15:30 Public lecture: Action and reaction: Political control and bureaucratic resistance in the Brazilian populist context, by Gabriela Lotta (FGV-São Paulo).

15:30-15:45 Coffee break

15:45-17:00 Round-table with Gabriela Lotta, Sophie Andreetta (University of Liège), Mau Matarese (City University of New York) and moderated by Flávio Eiró (University of Groningen).

The event is open to staff and students.

This event is organised by Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) and supported by The Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG).


Gabriela Lotta is a political scientist and Professor of Public Administration and Government at Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil.

Sophie Andreetta is an anthropologist and Research Fellow with the National Fund for Research within the University of Liège, Belgium.

Mau Matarese is a sociolinguist and Associate Professor at the City University of New York, USA.

Flávio Eiró is a sociologist and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen.