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Social contract implications of state and non-state managed social cash transfers: history, citizenship, and in/exclusion 
Rehema Kilonzo (The University of Dodoma)
Malin Nystrand (Roskilde University)
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Malin Nystrand (Roskilde University)
Rasmus Hundsbaek Pedersen (Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS))
Economy and Development (x) Inequality (y)
Philosophikum, S82
Thursday 1 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel explores the social contract implications of state and non-state cash-transfer projects. The panel explores the historical foundations of the diversity of social contracts related to social cash transfers with a keen interest in understanding the implications are for in/exclusion.

Long Abstract:

Social cash transfers have expanded considerably over the last decade in Africa. While the largest programs are run by public institutions, cash-transfer projects managed by NGOs and humanitarian organizations are becoming increasingly involved, but have so far received only scant academic attention. This panel explores the social contract implications created by social cash-transfer programs managed by both the state and non-state actors in Africa. Previous studies on the social contract dynamics of publicly managed cash-transfer programs show that they can have positive inclusion effects. In contrast, in other cases, they have negative effects on in/exclusion of different population groups in the social contract. Social cash-transfer programs managed by non-state actors can nonetheless also improve state-society relations by creating new social contract dynamics. Both state and non-state cash transfers can therefore create a visible link between the state and its citizens, leading to changes in the citizen's view of the state and increases in the state's legitimacy in the eyes of citizens. This panel asks 1.) What type of social contracts are produced by social cash transfers? 2.) Do non-state programs and projects create similar or different types of social contract dynamics as publicly managed programs?, or 3.) Do they lead to the creation of other ideas of belonging and forms of in/exclusion? We invite papers exploring the social contract implications of state and non-state cash transfer projects and programs.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -