Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2011

Document Type



International Affairs

First Advisor

David S. Brown


In this case study I aim to examine the political vulnerability of conditional cash transfer programs in Brazil. The analysis focuses on differences in program administration in the Brazilian and Mexican programs, specifically in targeting, distribution and evaluation. My research also details complementary literature that analyzes conditional cash transfer impacts on the 2006 elections in Brazil. In demonstrating the significant reallocation of funding after presidential, and to a lesser extent mayoral, elections I have found that Brazilian politicians have indeed “rewarded” municipalities that vote in their favor. This is not vote buying in its most explicit sense, but it does point to some very clientelist behavior.