The Prospects and Politics of Social Protection Reform in Zambia
Kuss, Maria Klara
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This paper analyses the prospects for social protection reform in Zambia under the ‘pro-poor’ government of the Patriotic Front (PF). The paper argues that the PF has been changing the development policy arena in ways that may modify domestic political structures providing more rights-based benefits especially for the extreme poor and vulnerable. It further reveals that the persistence of the clientelistic dynamics of state-society relations and weak civil society organisations inhibit the expression of demands for formal social protection by poor people. It concludes that because the social protection reform is supply-, rather than demand-driven, its progress depends on the extent to which the government is motivated to sustain the provision of social protection in the long-run.
CitationKuss, M.K. (2015) 'The prospects and politics of social protection reform in Zambia', IDS Working Paper 453. Brighton: IDS
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