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This excellent paper by the Asia Foundation explores the politics of local coalitions working to expand coverage of health services for the poor in two municipalities in Central Java, Indonesia - Semarang and Pekalongan. The research, by Laurel MacLaren, Alam Surya Putra and Erman Rahman, shows that facilitating and supporting the emergence and activities of coalitions of leaders and CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) can be a highly effective means of achieving pro-poor policy outcomes in some institutional contexts.
Review: "Against the Odds: Politicians, institutions and the struggle against poverty" by Melo, Ng'ethe & Manor
As a recent DLP Research Paper showed, remarkably little serious academic research has been devoted to the role of leadership in the politics of development, though it is commonly referred to in policy documents as an important factor. While there is a substantial literature in the fields of business studies, corporate management and psychology, there remains a significant deficit in relation to development issues, but two important recent academic studies have begun to reduce that deficit. The first by Melo, Ng'ethe, & Manor 'Against the Odds: Politicians, institutions, and the struggle against poverty' is reviewed below.
Debate about the relationship between 'evidence' and 'policy' in the context of the Evidence Based Policy (EBP) discourse is now widespread within both research and policy communities. But does the EBP discourse and the assumptions it makes about the policy process really help to understand why evidence is taken up, how it is used or what part it plays in the wider political processes that drive policy formation and change? This excellent new paper by Professor Andries du Toit of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) makes a significant contribution to the debate, raising some very important questions about the EBP mantra and the relations between research and policy.
What role does the international system play in producing poverty around the world? In an article in 'New Political Economy', DLP research fellow Niheer Dasandi draws on network analysis to examine this surprisingly neglected question.
DLP's Deputy Director David Hudson will speak next week at the International Parliamentary Conference on Growth for Development in London.
A new DLP research paper asks what makes the middle classes oppose or support initiatives intended to lift people out of poverty, and how the development community can secure their approval of such policies.
This Research Paper presents findings from primary research in Malawi that examined elites' attitudes towards poverty and how to reduce it. It shows that their attitudes affect the policies they are willing to support and implement. The findings question the sustainability of Malawi's cash transfers beyond donor funding.
This paper presents findings from primary research in Malawi that examined elites' attitudes towards poverty and how to reduce it. It shows that their attitudes affect which policies they are willing to support. The paper argues that the planning of cash transfer programmes needs to involve more consideration of the country-specific attitudes of elites.
This study finds that self-interest is not the only driver of middle class views of assistance for the poor in India: ideas and values are important. It notes the importance of understanding the reasons for middle class disengagement from poverty in developing countries. It suggests a political approach to policy design involving less focus on institutions and more focus on public opinion.
Executive Summary 33 - What Do Indian Middle Class Attitudes to Poverty Tell Us About the Politics of Poverty Reduction?
This paper finds that self-interest is not the only driver of middle class views of assistance for the poor in India: ideas and values are important. It suggests a political approach to policy design involving less focus on institutions and more focus on public opinion
This open access article in The Journal of Development Studies examines why the poor in Africa are more likely than the better off to pay a bribe for state provided services. Are the poor seen as 'easy targets' by bribe-seeking bureaucrats, or is it that they use state services more than those who can afford private services?