Quotation Leubolt, Bernhard, Fischer, Karin, Saha, Debdulal. 2014. Are targeting and universalism complementary or competing paradigms in social policy?. International Journal of Labour Research 6 (1): 75-93. http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_dialogue/---actrav/documents/publication/wcms_247981.pdf.




The article deals with the prevailing paradigms of social policy. Drawing on the distinction between universalist (rights-based) and targeted (poverty-centred) social welfare policies, the authors examine the welfare regimes and recent policy innovations in Brazil, South Africa and India, namely conditional cash transfers, food transfer schemes and employment programmes. In order to reassess the relationship between targeting and universalism, they analyse the historical and contemporary dynamics of inclusion and exclusion. Their conclusion is that the two paradigms are not mutually exclusive. They propose to base the combat against poverty and inequality in emerging economies with persistent poverty and inequality on "targeted universalism", thus avoiding the pitfalls of the dominant approaches.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication eJournal article
Journal International Journal of Labour Research
Language English
Title Are targeting and universalism complementary or competing paradigms in social policy?
Volume 6
Number 1
Year 2014
Pages 75-93
URL http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_dialogue/---actrav/documents/publication/wcms_247981.pdf


Leubolt, Bernhard (Former researcher)
Fischer, Karin (JKU Linz, Austria)
Saha, Debdulal (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India)
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5000 Social Sciences (Details)
5119 Development policy (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5427 Poverty research, social exclusion (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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