UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

How citizen's participate in macroeconomic policy: International experience and implications for poverty reducation

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AUTHOR Derek Brinkerhoff and Arthur Goldsmith
ORGANIZATION Elsevier Science
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2003
TOPIC Budgeting for children
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

Many developing and transitioning countries have difficulty sticking to sound macroeconomic policy. International donors are pushing recipient countries to forge a public consensus on macroeconomic policy as a means to enhance sustainability and impacts on the poor. Finance and budget officials, central bank staff, and economic policymakers, however, often assume that citizens cannot understand or contribute to macroeconomic policy. Yet the poor often do not trust the government to make the right decisions for them. How can citizen participation help bridge this gap? Based on a review of international experience, the paper explores this question, and identifies how development administrators can employ civic participation in macroeconomic policy.

 


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