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Non-state social welfare and public goods provision: Development, inequality, and redistribution beyond the state 
Vanessa van den Boogaard (International Centre for Tax and Development)
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Max Gallien (IDS)
Vanessa van den Boogaard (International Centre for Tax and Development)
Max Gallien (IDS)
Harshita Sinha (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Graeme Young (University of Glasgow)
Paul Harvey (Humanitarian Outcomes)
Paper panel
Embedding justice in development
B401, 4th floor Brunei Gallery
Friday 28 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The papers in this panel will explore the role of non-state social welfare and public good provision in low-income countries, considering their impacts for equity and redistribution, accountability and representation, and development outcomes.

Long Abstract:

In contexts of weak domestic revenue mobilisation, non-state actors regularly play a role in the provision of public goods and social welfare. This includes the role of private actors, as well as direct contributions by citizens through various mechanisms including informal taxation and, in Muslim-majority countries, zakat. Such mechanisms for funding public goods and social protection become more important in times of crisis, though little is understood about their impacts for equity and redistribution, and their relationship to accountability, rights, and representation. What are the implications of shifting the responsibility of social protection and public goods provision from the state to citizens or private actors? What are the redistributive effects of decentralization social protection and welfare provision? Are social inequities and exclusions reinforced or exacerbated by non-state provision? What are the implications for state institutions and attempts at revenue raising? The papers in this panel will consider such questions, exploring the role of non-state financing and provision of social welfare and public goods in development and social justice in low-income countries.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 28 June, 2024, -
Session 2 Friday 28 June, 2024, -