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The politics of what works in reducing chronic poverty

Samuel Hickey
Tim Braunholtz-Speight


Politics underpins the success as well as the failure of poverty reduction initiatives. However, such processes are poorly understood. This policy brief presents key findings from a comparative research project into the political factors that supported a number of successful anti-poverty programmes. The findings cover areas such as the importance of events, crises and elections; the role of political vs civil society in policy formation and implementation; the importance of discourse and the 'battle of ideas'; the structural shifts in society and economy that underpin policy options; and how new 'political contracts' can be built around pro-poor policies.

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CPRC Policy Brief


policy politics


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