Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161525
Authors: 
Ulriksen, Marianne S.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2016/142
Abstract: 
In the early 2000s, there was low elite commitment to social protection in Tanzania. Yet, in 2012, the government officially launched a countrywide social safety net programme, and a year later it announced the introduction of an old age pension. In this article, I explore the reasons for this recent elite commitment to social protection. The analysis takes an ideational approach, and it is shown how the promotion of social protection has been driven by international and domestic institutions with the resources, expertise, and authority to present policy solutions fitting the elite's general ideas about Tanzania's development challenges and possible responses thereto. Thus, ideas play an important role in policy development. Attention to the ideas of ruling elites also reveals cases where ideas lose prominence as an explanatory factor. The introduction of the pension fits poorly with dominant views on development and poverty reduction in Tanzania and is more likely to have been influenced by political interests.
Subjects: 
social protection
ideas
institutions
policy entrepreneurs
political settlements
Tanzania
JEL: 
H55
I38
O55
P48
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-186-4
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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