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The IDB has researchers in many departments producing working papers on economic and social topics. Many of these documents constitute background research for the IDB’s flagship publication "Development in the Americas" prepared by the Research Department. In addition, the IDB finances and mentors studies conducted by other institutions in order to build knowledge and research capacity. All IDB working papers are peer reviewed and meet high editorial standards.



July 2015

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Who Decides Social Policy? The Political Economy of Social Programs in Latin America


Why do some social programs succeed while others do not? Because public policies are not designed and implemented in a vacuum: they are an integral part of the policymaking process. This book endeavors to understand how the decision-making process works in practice through a combined analysis of social networks and political economy. 

Publication available in Spanish.




Ideas for Development in the Americas (IDEA), Volume 36: January-April, 2015: Who Decides Social Policy?


This edition of IDEA is based on a new IDB book entitled Who Decides Social Policy?. This seminal study tries to better understand why social and economic programs are not more effective in Latin America and the Caribbean by supplementing political economy analysis with a new technique--Social Network Analysis (SNA)--that provides a detailed view of the informal connections between individuals and institutions and a clearer picture of the dynamics behind policymaking. 

Publication available in English and Spanish.





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