Journal article

Strategies of conditional cash transfers and the tactics of resistance

Jeff Garmany

ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING A-ECONOMY AND SPACE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

This article examines how poor people negotiate obligations placed on them by social welfare initiatives. More specifically, it considers conditional cash transfer programs (CCTs), and the ways beneficiaries harness program conditionalities to make demands on authorities, in some cases even enacting subtle forms of resistance to state governance. Drawing from Michel de Certeau, it argues that while CCT conditionalities function as strategies of state development, they are not always/already under exclusive state control. Marginalized groups like CCT recipients can tactically harness these conditionalities. Through such tactics, poor people make demands on the state and deflect program obliga..

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This project was funded by a research grant from the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust, with additional support from the 44th International Congress of Americanists and the Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust.