The social doctrine of the catholic church, the new developmentalism and the social market economy: possible dialogues?

Vol. 39 No. 4 (2019)

Oct-Dec / 2019
Published October 1, 2019
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Rizzi Ribeiro, Arthur, Ricardo da Silva Carvalho, and José Luis Oreiro. 2019. “The Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, the New Developmentalism and the Social Market Economy: Possible Dialogues?”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 39 (4):710-35.

The social doctrine of the catholic church, the new developmentalism and the social market economy: possible dialogues?

Arthur Rizzi Ribeiro
Professor de História pela Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES), Vitória/ES, Brasil, Supervisor Pedagógico formado pelo Centro Universitário São Camilo - Espírito Santo em Cachoeiro de Itapemirim; Atua como supervisor pedagógico na rede pública municipal de ensino em Espera Feliz, MG.
Ricardo da Silva Carvalho
Mestrando em História Econômica pela Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras da Universidade de São Paulo, FFLCH/USP, São Paulo/SP, Brasil.
José Luis Oreiro
Professor Associado do Departamento de Economia da Universidade de Brasília, Brasília/DF, Brasil. Pesquisador Nível IB do CNPq, Pesquisador Associado do Centro de Estudos do Novo Desenvolvimentismo e Líder do Grupo de Pesquisa “Macroeconomia Estruturalista do Desenvolvimento” cadastrado no CNPq.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 39 No. 4 (2019), Oct-Dec / 2019, Pages 710-735


The purpose of this article is to present the fundamental origins and propositions of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church (hereinafter DSI) and its possible points of contact and dialogue with the social market economy (hereinafter ESM), of German origin, and with the New-Developmentalism (hereinafter ND), originating from the São Paulo Consensus. It is obvious that we are not saying that ESM and ND are direct developments of the DSI; Or that DSI is fully compatible with the first two. Our goal in this article is to show the points in which ESM and ND have in common with the DSI; In order to broaden the scope of political support to new developmentalism in Brazilian society, arguing that a Developmentalism in a broad sense - which includes both the ESM and the ND-are not incompatible with the DSI and thus with the Christian vision on the World, the Man and the Economic Systems. From the viewpoint of the Social Doctrine of the Church, the vicinity between ESM and ND are sufficient to affirm that it is perfectly reasonable to see the ND approach of the economy as a possible well that offers credible and fairly accurate responses to the problems and concerns posed by the Popes of the Catholic Church. Since the DSI is an inspiring basis for many relevant political movements, such as the Christian Democracy, it is extremely relevant to analyze the political possibilities of the new developmentalism in the most varied fields of the political spectrum.

JEL Classification: P11; P51; Z12.

Keywords: Economic systems Social Doctrine of Catholic Church social market economy new developmentalism