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The European Journal of Development Research

Linking Social Rights to Active Citizenship for the Most Vulnerable: the Role of Rights and Accountability in the ‘Making’ and ‘Shaping’ of Social Protection

Published on 8 July 2019

Social protection has the potential to provide a key interface between states and citizens. We consider how the institutional framing and design of social protection can be adapted from top-down forms of provision to forms that stimulate vulnerable citizens to make rights-based claims and demand accountability for their entitlements. 

A conceptual framework is developed that illustrates three channels through whiccitizenship can be engaged through social accountability mechanisms and in the context of social protection provision. Drawing on case studies, we highlight the different contexts in which the design and delivery of social protection can open up spaces for different forms of citizenship engagement and expression. Through opening up institutional spaces where citizens can engage with the state, and each otherwe conclude that social protection is uniquely placed to build the economic, social and political capabilities of citizens.

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Sabates-Wheeler, R.; Wilmink, N.; Abdulai, A.G.; de Groot, R.; Spadafora, T. (2019) 'Linking Social Rights to Active Citizenship for the Most Vulnerable: the Role of Rights and Accountability in the ‘Making’ and ‘Shaping’ of Social Protection', The European Jounral of Development Research, doi:10.1057/s41287-019-00223-5

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Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

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Nikhil Wilmink
Abdul Gafaru Abdulai
Richard de Groot
Tayllor Spadafora

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The European Journal of Development Research
doi
10.1057/s41287-019-00223-5

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Centre for Social Protection

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