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Targeting and universalism in poverty reduction

Mkandawire, Thandika (2007) Targeting and universalism in poverty reduction. In: Antonio Ocampo, José and Jomo, K. S., (eds.) Policy Matters: Economic and Social Policies to Sustain Equitable Development. Zed Books, Hyderabad, India. ISBN 9781842778364

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This paper explores debates in social policy choices and whether such provisions ought to be guided by principles of 'universalism,' or more selectively through targeting. The author discusses the forces behind the shift from universalism toward selectivity in using social policies to combat poverty in the developing countries. He reviews lessons from such policies and considers the administrative difficulties of targeting in the poor countries. The paper focuses on the cost-effectiveness of poverty reduction efforts, the political economy bases of policy choices, and the consequences of policy choices for individual incentive.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2007 Zed Books
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2011 09:09
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 09:23

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