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Assistance Benefits in Brazil: Changes and Challenges to the Exercise of a Constitutional Right

Edited by: Marco Aurelio Serau Junior, Jose Ricardo Caetano Costa

ISBN13: 9783319270449
Published: April 2016
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Format: Hardback
Price: £63.99

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This edited book focuses on the most controversial aspects of assistance benefits as mandated by the Brazilian Constitution of 1988 - and the challenges that have merged since the approval, in 1993, of the Federal Act 8.742, also known as Organic Law of Social Assistance.

This collection of essays allows the reader to understand some important changes in social assistance policies in Brazil in recent years, having the General Theory of Social Security and the Human Rights as references. The tensions between economic principles and affirmative policies for the less advantaged parts of the society are also covered, showing how different interpretations of key concepts - like need, poverty or family - may have an important role on the exercise of fundamental rights.

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Part I: General Theory.
The limbo of social protection: between assistance and security.
A contribution to the study of social security for the disabled: work and efficiency under the capitalist way of production.
The influence of economic over legal argument on the implementation of right to social assistance.
Public policies, legal activism and social assistance.
Social assistance and long-term benefits: a reality to be improved.
The importance of social assistance in Constitution as social instrument.

Part II: Requirements for granting and procedural aspects.
Administrative procedures for granting of assistance benefits.
The right to have rights: social assistance rights that rise from legal activism.
Particularities of the res judicata in granting of assistance benefits.
Social justice and maintenance of assistance benefits as predicted in the Act 8.742/93 in case of death of the beneficiary.
Biopsychosocial investigation: the good example that comes from the Organic Law of Social Assistance.
Assistance Benefits and Security Benefits: differences and similarities.
The right of immigrants to long-term benefits: a matter of citizenship.

Part III: Funding aspects of Social Assistance. Social Assistance: a brief study on the basic and special social protection expenses in the cities of Sao Paulo and Belem.

Part IV: Criminal aspects.
Social assistance and the crime of administrative advocacy: a necessary interpretation.