A critique of the poverty alleviation as social policy : the World Bank's social risk mitigation project in Turkey

Taştan, Özlem Zehra
This thesis aims to critically elaborate the World Bank̕s Social Risk Mitigation Project (SRMP) in Turkey for poverty alleviation. Within this context, the thesis argues that the content and means of social policy are re-defined on and around the theme of ءfight against poverty̕ which is to be realized through (social) risk management. In this sense, there exists a paradigmatic shift in conceptualization of social policy from income re-distributive mechanisms to risk management proposed to achieve through safety-nets and market mechanism, specifically, small-scale income generating activities and investment in human capital. Hence, it is the core claim of this thesis that the strategy proposed by the World Bank for the social policy in Turkish context results in operationalisation of social policy as a means of both political crisis management, and establishing market hegemony in the distribution of welfare which means deepening the dependency on market.


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Citation Formats
Ö. Z. Taştan, “A critique of the poverty alleviation as social policy : the World Bank’s social risk mitigation project in Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2005.