Social policies can transform the lives of the poor and marginalized, yet inequitable implementation often limits their access. Uneven Social Policies shifts the focus of welfare state analysis away from policy design and toward policy implementation. By examining variation in political motivations, state capacity, and policy legacies, it explains why some policies are implemented more effectively than others, why some deliver votes to incumbent governments while others do not, and why regionally elected executives block the implementation of some but not all national policies. Niedzwiecki explores this variation across provinces and municipalities by combining case studies with statistical analysis of conditional cash transfers and health policies in two decentralized countries, Argentina and Brazil. The analysis draws on original data gathered during fifteen months of field research that included more than 230 interviews with politicians and 140 with policy recipients.
- Niedzwiecki, Sara (2018). Uneven Social Policies: The Politics of Subnational Variation in Latin America, New York: Cambridge University Press
- Hooghe, Liesbet, Gary Marks, Arjan H. Schakel, Sara Niedzwiecki, Sandra Chapman Osterkatz, Sarah Shair-Rosenfield (2016). Measuring Regional Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance,Vol.I, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Niedzwiecki, Sara, Sandra Chapman, Liesbet Hooghe, and Gary Marks. "The RAI travels to Latin America: Measuring regional authority under regime change." Regional & Federal Studies, 2018
- Freytes, Carlos and Sara Niedzwiecki. "Argentina 2017: la dinámica intertemporal de la reestructuración económica." Revista de Ciencia Política (38, no.2,125-158), 2018
- Huber, Evelyne and Sara Niedzwiecki. "Changing Systems of Social Protection in the Context of the Changing Political Economies since the 1980s." Ciência & Saúde Coletiva (23, no.7, 2085–2094), 2018
- Schakel, Arjan, Liesbet Hooghe, Gary Marks, Sara Niedzwiecki, Sandra Chapman and Sarah Shair-Rosenfield."Virtues and pitfalls of subnational comparison" Territory, Politics, Governance, 2018
- Stoyan, Alissandra and Sara Niedzwiecki. "Decentralization and democratic participation: The effect of subnational self-rule on voting in Latin America and the Caribbean" Electoral Studies (52, 26-35), 2018
- Niedzwiecki, Sara and Jennifer Pribble. "Social Policies and Center-Right Governments in Argentina and Chile" Latin American Politics and Society (59 no. 3, 72-97, 2017
- Niedzwiecki, Sara and David Nunnally. "Mixed-Methods Research in the Study of Welfare States" PS: Political Science and Politics (October, 1028-1031), 2017
- Niedzwiecki, Sara. "Social Policies, Attribution of Responsibility, and Political Alignments. A Subnational Analysis of Argentina and Brazil" Comparative Political Studies (49 no.4, 457-498), 2016
- Anria, Santiago and Sara Niedzwiecki. "Social Movements and Social Policy: The Bolivian Renta Dignidad" Studies in Comparative International Development (51 no.3, 308-327), 2016
- Stoyan, Alissandra, Sara Niedzwiecki, Jana Morgan, Jonathan Hartlyn, and Rosario Espinal. "Trust in Government Institutions: The Effects of Performance and Participation in the Dominican Republic and Haiti" International Political Science Review (37 no.1, 18-35), 2016
- Niedzwiecki, Sara. "Social Policy Commitment in South America. The Effect of Organized Labor on Social Spending from 1980 to 2010" Journal of Politics in Latin America (7, no. 2, 3-43), 2015.
- Niedzwiecki, Sara. "The Effect of Organized Civil Society on Social Policy Reform. Pension and Health Reforms in Argentina and Brazil (1988-2008)" Latin American Politics and Society, (56, no. 4, 22-48) 2014
Chapters in Edited Volumes
- Huber, Eveyne and Sara Niedzwiecki. “Emerging Welfare States in Latin America and East Asia” with Evelyne Huber In Stephan Leibfried et.al. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State, 2015
- Fairstein, Carolina and Sara Niedzwiecki. “El acceso al agua en Argentina” In Derecho al Agua: Ingeniería sin Fronteras y Prosalus, España, 2008
- Freytes, Carlos and Sara Niedzwiecki. "A turning point in argentine politics: demands for change and territorial cleavages in the 2015 presidential election" Regional and Federal Studies, 2016
- Book review of Crafting Policies to End Poverty in Latin America: The Quiet Transformation by Ana Lorena De La O Latin American Politics and Society, forthcoming 2016
- Niedzwiecki, Sara. "Social Policy's Attribution of Responsibility: Challenges for Argentina and Brazil" Panoramas, April 2016.
- Niedzwiecki, Sara. "When Can Governments make Structural Reforms to their Health and Pension Systems?" Panoramas, December 2014
- Niedzwiecki, Sara and Evelyne Huber. “Soziale Sicherungssysteme in Lateinamerika und Ostasien: Hin zu einer universellen Grundsicherung?” Lucius & Lucius, Stuttgart (59, no. 2, 255-274), 2013
- Book review of Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America by James McGuire. Critical Reviews on Latin American Research (Vol. 3, p. 63), 2013