A Review and Discussion of “Do the Poor Count? Democratic Institutions and Accountability in the Context of Poverty” By Michelle Taylor-Robinson

Kirsten Sehnbruch
Social Forces, Oxford University Press
2012
September
Volume: 
91

In a review of the book Do the Poor Count? Democratic Institutions and Accountability in the Context of Poverty by Michelle Taylor-Robinson, Kirsten Sehnbruch engages with the book’s discussion of whether, when and how poor people count after elec- tions in democratic regimes. Her article examines this question in the more general context of Latin America’s pro-poor policies, their political and economic motivation, and the skewed distribution of political accountability.