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Conditionality in public policy targeted to the poor

Bastagli, Francesca (2008) Conditionality in public policy targeted to the poor. Social Policy and Society, 8 (1). pp. 127-140. ISSN 1475-7464

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S1474746408004648


This paper explores the role of conditionality in policies targeting the poor. By requiring beneficiaries to send their children to school and to undertake regular health visits, proponents argue, conditionalities improve human capital outcomes, promoting resilience. This widespread perception has led to the adoption of conditional cash transfers in many countries. Yet policy debate on conditionality does not always reflect a full appreciation of how behavioural, administrative and political economy variables influence outcomes. This paper identifies the multiple channels through which conditionality determines human capital outcomes and reviews the evidence on linkages between conditionality and processes of resilience.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2009 13:40
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:44

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