Firming up institutional policy for deprived elderly in Cameroon

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Che, C. 2014. Firming up institutional policy for deprived elderly in Cameroon. Politics and Policy. 42 (6), pp. 948-980. https://doi.org/10.1111/polp.12101
AuthorsChe, C.
Abstract

In a context of deepening poverty, policy realignment is crucial in tackling deficits in social security provision for Cameroon's growing elderly population. Tackling deficiencies is undermined by institutional failings, a dysfunctional bureaucracy, and a policy process characterized by dithering rather than concrete action. This article uncovers an impasse linked to the inability of existing institutional frameworks to confront the aging problematic. Empirical data point to elderly agency and a range of resources to fill the gaps left by state retreat. Institutional strengthening and social capital theory resonate here. A triangular policy framework reveals intricacies of coping via individual, family, and mutuality, explicating cardinal administrative roles. I suggest the design and delivery of social welfare provision should concentrate on institutional strengthening, improving architecture, and the workings of ministerial departments. Embedding a people-oriented bureaucracy and delivering targeted social assistance can serve as useful paradigms in policy revamps for the deprived elderly.

Year2014
JournalPolitics and Policy
Journal citation42 (6), pp. 948-980
PublisherWiley
ISSN1555-5623
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/polp.12101
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Print09 Dec 2014
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Deposited07 Oct 2016
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