Geographies of development II: Cash transfers and the reinvention of development for the poor

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Abstract

Since the mid-1990s, a number of governments in the global South have instituted programmes which provide regular cash grants to poor people. The results of cash transfer programmes have impressed those searching for ways to improve welfare: the depth of poverty has been reduced, more children are being educated and vaccinated, and the poor are more likely to get jobs and start enterprises. Advocates of social democracy are hopeful that this heralds the possibility of comprehensive social protection. Experiments in welfare in the global South do not, however, inevitably signal an epochal shift to a postneoliberal era. They form part of an increasingly heterodox approach which combines an enduring emphasis on liberalized economic growth with bolder biopolitical interventions for the poor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-821
Number of pages11
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • biopolitics
  • cash transfers
  • postneoliberalism
  • social democracy
  • welfare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development

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