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Between Individual and Collective Action: Citizen Participation and Public Oversight in Mexico’s Oportunidades Programme

Author: Felipe Hevia de la Jara
Published by: Institute of Development Studies
Date: 2007

This publication offers a balanced assessment of the outcomes in terms of citizen oversight of one Latin American CCT programme, showing its limitations and the challenges faced in designing effective oversight mechanisms. The author points out flaws in the design of mechanisms that were meant to empower beneficiaries to oversee the programme, and their sometimes unintended negative effects. In addition, the author demonstrates the importance of effective prevention, control and punishment of authorities’ abuse of power, which requires both capable institutional structures and citizens committed to engaging collectively.

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