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This book analyses government relationships with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) to evaluate the role of citizen participation in formulating national poverty reduction policies in low income countries. It investigates the idea of participation from a contrasting perspective in theory and in practice. Based on in-depth research from a case study of Bangladesh, the first part of the book explores the rhetoric of participation in development policies while the second part of the book presents empirical evidence of participation in the formulation of Bangladesh's PRSP where local level development brokers play an important role. This topical book argues that participatory policies are not enough - an overhaul is needed in the thinking of poverty reduction which will require strong political commitment - and will make essential reading for academics, students and researchers in international development studies and poverty fields.