The politics of promoting social protection in Zambia

by Kate Pruce and Sam Hickey
Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) Working Paper No. 75, January, 2017

31 pp. 682 kB

Adopting a process tracing approach, the paper compares the progress made on social cash transfers and social health insurance in Zambia. It investigates how the interplay of domestic political economy and transnational factors shaped the commitment of government to formulate and deliver the respective policies in the context of competing demands and priorities within the wider distributional regime. Despite some progress made in both policy areas, social protection has not as yet displaced certain interests, ideas and rent-allocation practices that are more deeply embedded within Zambia’s political settlement.

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