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Social Provision in Low-Income Countries: New Patterns and Emerging Trends

Germano Mwabu, Cecilia Ugaz, and Gordon White

Abstract

During recent years, provision of key social services in low-income countries has been affected by adverse macroeconomic conditions and by radical changes in economic thinking. For example, the welfarist approach, which gives prominence to the state in delivering and financing social services, has been challenged by the neoliberal approach, which limits the role of the government to that of residual provider for the very poor. According to the neoliberal approach, the private sector could, by relying on price mechanisms, achieve more efficient provision. However, this approach relies on a rath ... More

Keywords: social services, private sector, price mechanisms, social provision, service delivery, service providers, Finland, developing countries, civil society, state provision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242191
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242191.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Germano Mwabu, editor
University of Nairobi

Cecilia Ugaz, editor
WIDER, United Nations University

Gordon White, editor
University of Sussex

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Introduction: Context and Scope

GERMANO MWABU, REINO HJERPPE, CECILIA UGAZ, and GORDON WHITE

Part I Theoretical Background

PART II Patterns of Social Provision

Part III Financial Issues

Part IV Case Studies

End Matter