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Norms, values and beliefs and the future of social protection in Africa 
Jeremy Seekings (University of Cape Town)
Marianne Sandvad Ulriksen (Danish Centre for Welfare Studies)
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Politics and International Relations (x) Futures (y)
Neues Seminargebäude, Seminarraum 23
Friday 2 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

What norms, values and beliefs - including perceptions of a just society - shape the approaches of different actors in social protection policy-making and implementation in different parts of Africa?

Long Abstract:

Since the mid-2000s there has been a massive expansion in enthusiasm for social protection (at least among international organisations), expenditure on and coverage of programmes across much of Africa, and scholarly literature on this. Much recent scholarship focuses on the interactions (or negotiations) between international organisations and national governments. International organisations promote different models in part because of divergent norms, values and beliefs about 'who should get what, when and why'. National government officials and political leaders respond in diverse ways in part because they also have varied norms, values and beliefs about 'who should get what, when and why'. The implementation of policy is shaped by the norms, values and beliefs of local officials and community leaders. Citizens' norms, values and beliefs might also serve to constrain or propel other actors (including through electoral mechanisms). This panel will present recent work from different parts of Africa on the norms, values and beliefs of different players: International organisations, national and local officials, national politicians and local community leaders, and different categories of citizens. Particular attention will be paid to beliefs about the character of a just society. The objective of the panel is to understand better the likely future evolution of social protection policy in different parts of Africa.

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Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -