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The Global Rise of Social Cash Transfers
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The Global Rise of Social Cash Transfers: How States and International Organizations Constructed a New Instrument for Combating Poverty

Lutz Leisering


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) proclaimed the equality of all human beings in dignity and rights. The right to social security, however, has been taken more seriously only since the 2000s, through calls for ‘Social security for all’ and ‘Leaving no one behind’. The book investigates a major response, social cash transfers to the poor. The idea of simply giving money to the poor had been rejected by all major development organizations until the 1990s, but since the early 2000s, social cash transfers have mushroomed in the global South and on agendas of international organizati ... More

Keywords: social cash transfers, social policy, social rights, citizenship, human rights, universalism, global South, international organizations, development, constructivism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198754336
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198754336.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lutz Leisering, author
Professor of Social Policy, Bielefeld University