The purpose of this research was to reveal to reform-minded policy makers the specific conditions under which organs of the state may be expected to become more responsive to the poor. It explored the politics of policy (formulation plus implementation) with particular reference to health and agriculture, using the method of intensive case study in two Indian states (Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh) and two medium-sized African countries (Ghana and Uganda). It was undertaken by a team based at ODI and IDS in the UK with partners in India, Ghana and Uganda. It was conducted alongside and integrated conceptually with research into \"How, When and Why does Poverty get Budget Priority?\" undertaken by the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure at ODI. This report outlines: project background and objectives; methods, implications of the findings for policy and practice, and the dissemination of these findings.
Booth, D.; Moncrieffe, J.; Goetz, A.M.; Jenkins, R.; Jayalakshmi, K.; Khorakiwala, T.; Reddy, G.; Reddy, R.; Singh, V.; Gyimah-Boadi, E.; Appiah, F.; Buabeng, T.; Larvie, J.; Kayabwe, S.; Nsabagasani, X. State Responsiveness to Poverty: The Politics of Pro-Poor Policy-Making and Implementation. ODI, London, UK (2003) 8 pp.