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Direct or Mediated Relationships? Civic Involvement and Social Accountability in the Bolsa Família Programme


  • Felipe Hevia

    () (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, Mexico)


Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programmes are key to reducing the effects of the economic crisis among the poor in Latin America. Their implementation, however, entails two risks: an increase in political clientelism (exchange of votes for favours) and the widening of the power gap between the poor population and local authorities. In order to gain access to the programme and receive financial aid, families rely on the authorities in charge of registering beneficiaries and checking compliance with conditionalities. As a result, government actors enjoy a better power position at the local level and/or are able to ask for political support in return. (...)

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  • Felipe Hevia, 2010. "Direct or Mediated Relationships? Civic Involvement and Social Accountability in the Bolsa Família Programme," One Pager 106, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipc:opager:106

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