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Over the last decade, several Sub-Saharan African countries have adopted and implemented social protection measures. Social protection has come to be seen as an indispensable instrument for reducing poverty and achieving long-term inclusive socio-economic development. While an emerging scholarship of literature about social protection in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) emerged, most of the literature is not grounded in a political economy analysis aimed at explaining the advancement of social protection policy differences between and within countries. By adopting a political settlements approach, this paper will examine the interaction between political settlements, policy coalitions and ideas in shaping the adoption and implementation of social protection measures in two country case studies. This paper will pay particular attention to how a rights-based framework is used to advance a social protection agenda, where political settlements are critical drivers. In seeking to account for the political willingness and commitment to social policy development, this research will make a direct contribution to contemporary policy analysis in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Hill, Leslie

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Bachelor of Arts

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