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Social Policy in Development: Coherence and Cooperation in the Real World


  • Merilee S. Grindle


Research and practice related to social policy and poverty alleviation have left a legacy of a very broad agenda of “things that need to be done”, along with important unanswered questions about how to integrate social and economic development. These suggest the fruitfulness of focusing more on the distinctions among countries, in terms of their capacities, generating ideas about priorities and sequences, and working to reduce the agenda. Instead of new big ideas and new paradigms, the development community needs to get better at matching ideas to realities, and at generating contextually grounded processes for taking the next step.

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  • Merilee S. Grindle, 2010. "Social Policy in Development: Coherence and Cooperation in the Real World," Working Papers 98, United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs.
  • Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:98

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    1. Lant Pritchett & Michael Woolcock & Matt Andrews, 2013. "Looking Like a State: Techniques of Persistent Failure in State Capability for Implementation," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(1), pages 1-18, January.

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    social policy; economic development history; poverty policy; development agenda; development cooperation;

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    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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