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Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Lit Review

the purpose of the literature review is:

(i) to identify key issues significant to your study. mine is on seven topics interwoven in terms of significance to methodology (effectiveness, political economy, structure and agency, and evaluation) and area of interest (urban poverty, housing and tenure, and politics of implementation)

(ii) find what aspect of each affects my study and how; for instance, in terms of usefulness to the methodology i'm taking and the explanatory framework i'm proposing, or rather my principal argument (i.e., that policy effectiveness could not be explained solely by outcomes (with respect to intended policy goals and other unexpected consequences) but also by the politics of implementation (political relationships among actors/ agency/ strategic action) and the political economy (governing socio-economic structures, with national and global influences)

(iii) how do i think my study fits in within the academic debates on these topics

the literature review i set out to do in a month. so help me Ina.

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