International Development Planning Review

The politics of poverty policy: Are pro-poor policy processes expert-led or citizen-led?

International Development Planning Review (2008), 30, (4), 359–376.

Abstract

This article is concerned with the differing modalities of pro-poor policy formation and implementation. Debates are increasingly pulled in these two distinct directions: on the one hand, towards the importance of expert-led (i.e. research evidence-based) policy, and on the other hand, the need for citizen-led (i.e. participatory) policy processes. This article argues that neither modality is necessarily pro-poor. We explore the conditions under which each might be pro-poor.

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