Extract from review by Naudé Malan (University of Johannesburg) in The Social Work Practitioner-Researcher , Vol. 20(2), 2008 pp.277-9:
"There is no doubt that this publication should become recommended reading for students of social policy in South Africa. It has wider appeal to scholars in all the social sciences as a serious case study of legislative and policy change. It discusses the CSG not only on its own, but constructively places the debate about the grant within perennial issues like targeting, universalism, development, and participation, thereby broadening its appeal . It has value to policy makers, and should on its own constitute an educational experience for those in government in South Africa and beyond."
Armando Barrientos, Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester
"The book is written with the immediacy of a main protagonist, but with the critical detachment of a researcher, a rare feat. For anyone interested in how we are to address child poverty, in South Africa and elsewhere, this is a ‘must read’. The book will also be of interest and benefit to those concerned with policy processes in developing countries."
Jo Beall, Professor of Development Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science
"Intellectually rigorous and deeply moving, demonstrating the value of engaged scholarship and the importance of policy reflection, this book’s appeal to a concerned South African readership is beyond doubt. I would recommend it as highly to academic and policy audiences internationally."
Michael Noble, Professor of Social Policy, University of Oxford
"This book makes an important contribution to international debates on social security policy and the policy-making process. It provides unequivocal support for the importance of cash transfers to alleviate child poverty, and is a rare and excellent example of evidence-based policy making in practice."
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