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Why do some social programs succeed while others do not? Because public policies are not designed and implemented in a vacuum: they are an integral part of the policymaking process. This book endeavors to understand how the decision-making process works in practice through a combined analysis of social networks and political economy. Use and application of these instruments make it possible to examine specific cases of social programs in the region. It is hoped that the evidence gleaned from this research helps us understand the outcomes of public policies, and leads to better design and more efficient implementation of social programs in Latin America.
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Endorsements:“Required reading for policymakers, technocrats, donors, and think tanks who are working to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of social policies in Latin America. This book explains how political economy can make or break policies. It also provides a practical methodology for analyzing who the policy players are, from the program design phase to the implementation phase, thus improving the design and performance of program interventions.”
In the Press:
"Por qué fracasan las políticas públicas". Bastión Digital. July 2015
"Quiénes deciden la política social?" Vox.LACEA. August 2015
This edition of IDEA is based on a new IDB book entitled Who Decides Social Policy?. This seminal study tries to better understand why social and economic programs are not more effective in Latin America and the Caribbean by supplementing political economy analysis with a new technique--Social Network Analysis (SNA)--that provides a detailed view of the informal connections between individuals and ... (View publication)
Using the Quality of Life Surveys conducted in Colombia in 2003 and 2008, this study finds that policy instruments aimed at easing low-income households’ access to affordable housing such as subsidies and loan guarantees have played a modest role in increasing the use of mortgages as a source of funding. Despite this, subsidies have had a significant impact on both the quality of dwelling and the ... (View publication)
(Available in Spanish only) (View publication)
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