chapter  6
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The Creation Effect: Evaluating Commitment in Participatory Governance Institutions

This chapter continues the search to determine when and how participatory governance institutions make a difference in pro-poor policy adoption. Previous analysis suggests that municipal housing councils are strongly related to the adoption of housing programs, though neither the density of civil society nor the presence of a PT (Worker’s Party) government enhances the effect of the councils across contexts. Through case study analysis and a look into the survey data, however, it is clear that not all councils function the same. In the previous chapter the case studies revealed important variation in council formation, responsibilities assigned to councils, and their interaction with civil society, private sector actors, and the state. Statistical analysis then confi rmed that the responsibilities allocated to councils are signifi cantly related to housing program adoption.