Programme 2: Mobilising Public Action
The overall concern
of the proposed Centre is with the factors that will increase the responsiveness
of governments in the South to the needs of the poor. An important determinant
of this responsiveness - and the focus of Programme 2 - is the extent
and nature of the domestic political pressures on Southern governments.
The central questions
animating this programme are:
- In what ways are
current economic trends, changes in socio-economic structure, and political
and cultural movements influencing (a) directly, the formation of political,
identities and collective action and (b) indirectly, the pressures on
Southern governments to adopt pro-poor policies?
- What are the implications
of these changes for political actors seeking to support pro-poor policies?
How can donors support the creation of enabling environments for these
Our focus is on how
liberalisation and globalisation are affecting domestic politics, and
on how changes in domestic politics are affecting public policies that
impinge on poverty. Our central analytic question concerns the ways in
which current changes in socio-economic structure, patterns of public
action and contours of political identity may be strengthening pressures
on Southern governments from some domestic actors while weakening the
influence of others.
Available to view - details of projects under this Programme:
P2.1 - Identities, Interest Groups and Pro-Poor Politics, South Africa
P2.2 - Formal and Informal Local Governance in India
P2.3 - Collective Actors and the Structure of Popular Representation in Neo-liberal Democracies
P2.4 - Globalisation and Organised Labour
P2.5 - Employment Guarantee Scheme