Journal Article

An analysis of citizen participation in anti-poverty programmes

Glenn A. Bowen

in Community Development Journal

Published on behalf of Community Development Journal

Volume 43, issue 1, pages 65-78
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 0010-3802
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-2656 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsm011
An analysis of citizen participation in anti-poverty programmes

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This article explores citizen participation, describing levels, forms and benefits of participation by local community members. In particular, it analyses citizen involvement in anti-poverty programmes, drawing on primary research in Jamaica, where a social fund forms a major plank of the national government's policy and programme to reduce poverty. Using naturalistic inquiry methods, the research sought evidence of citizen participation in social fund subprojects aimed at improving community infrastructure and social services and strengthening community organizations. This article discusses four types of participation revealed by the research and the implications for community-level approaches to economic improvement and social change.

Journal Article.  4443 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Development Studies ; Public Policy ; Social Impact of Environmental Issues (Environmental Science) ; Development Planning and Policy

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