Image: Coffee handler from Timor Cooperative holds up coffee beans. United Nations Flickr.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
The role of social protection in building state legitimacy in post-conflict contexts.
WHAT WE EXPECT TO LEARN
In what ways governments aim to use social protection to strengthen state-citizen relations, and how these attempts to build legitimacy are perceived by citizens.
This research will look at how government narratives and citizen perceptions of social assistance allocation in Timor-Leste interact, and what the implications are for state legitimacy in fragile and post-conflict settings.
The study will examine the three main social assistance schemes that have been in place since 2008: cash payments to veterans; Support Allowance for the Elderly and People with Disabilities; and Bolsa da Mae (mother’s purse) for children in vulnerable households.
The research will have two phases: 1) tracing the political drivers of Timor-Leste’s social assistance schemes and government communication of the targeting through official statements, media reports and other public communication 2) fieldwork to explore citizen perceptions of social assistance allocation through a combination of field experiments and focus group discussions.
WHO’S INVOLVED, WHERE
- Kate Pruce (PI), Developmental Leadership Program, University of Birmingham
- Claire Mcloughlin, Developmental Leadership Program, University of Birmingham
- Maria do Céu J.O. Gusmão, Timor-Leste
- David Hudson, Developmental Leadership Program, University of Birmingham
OF INTEREST TO
Post-conflict states; state legitimacy; social protection; social justice.