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From Perspectives to Policy Contingencies: conditional cash transfers as social investments

Nelson, Moira LU and Sandberg, Johan LU (2017) In Global Social Policy 17(1). p.21-37
Abstract
Despite the popularity of the social investment approach, there remain ambiguities regarding how to design an effective social investment policy. We review evaluations of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) in Latin America in order to draw out lessons for how to improve the effectiveness of social investment. CCTs share many of the objectives of the social investment approach and are targeted at poorer groups. Since research shows that such groups are often not adequately supported through social investment policies, analyzing CCTs holds particular promise. Our analysis finds that architects of social investment policies should consider three questions when designing a social investment approach: how much investment is necessary to fulfill... (More)
Despite the popularity of the social investment approach, there remain ambiguities regarding how to design an effective social investment policy. We review evaluations of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) in Latin America in order to draw out lessons for how to improve the effectiveness of social investment. CCTs share many of the objectives of the social investment approach and are targeted at poorer groups. Since research shows that such groups are often not adequately supported through social investment policies, analyzing CCTs holds particular promise. Our analysis finds that architects of social investment policies should consider three questions when designing a social investment approach: how much investment is necessary to fulfill social investment functions, what is the causal mechanism through which the goals of social investment are to be achieved and what array of policies are necessary for such mechanisms to be effective? (Less)
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Conditional cash transfers, conditionality, poverty, social policy, social investment
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Global Social Policy
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17
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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1741-2803
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10.1177/1468018116633560
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  author       = {Nelson, Moira and Sandberg, Johan},
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  keyword      = {Conditional cash transfers,conditionality,poverty,social policy,social investment},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {04},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {21--37},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Global Social Policy},
  title        = {From Perspectives to Policy Contingencies: conditional cash transfers as social investments},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468018116633560},
  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2017},
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