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Policy or window dressing? Exploring the impact of poverty reduction strategies on poverty among the Canadian provinces

TitrePolicy or window dressing? Exploring the impact of poverty reduction strategies on poverty among the Canadian provinces
Année de publication2019
AuteursPlante, C.
JournalJournal of International and Comparative Social Policy
Volume35
Pages112 - 136
Mots-cléscanada, credit claiming, government, poverty reduction strategy, provinces, social policy
Résumé

Poverty reduction strategies (PRS) have become a popular instrument for addressing poverty globally. According to their proponents, PRS focus and coordinate poverty reduction efforts in order to overcome traditional economic and socio-demographic obstacles and reduce poverty unconditionally. According to their detractors, however, governments use PRS as 'window dressing' to gloss over unsuccessful and/or partial poverty reduction efforts. In Canada, all ten provinces have committed to adopting PRS. In this study, I identify the timing of the introduction of PRS action plans and explore whether they have tended to coincide with changes in provincial poverty levels. I find that more often than not levels have actually dropped before rather than after the introduction of PRS. This suggests that governments may have indeed used PRS as window dressing – but to showcase and claim credit for poverty reduction successes.

URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21699763.2018.1549090
DOI10.1080/21699763.2018.1549090
Document URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21699763.2018.1549090