The Economy, the State and the Public

Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen

in Hunger and Public Action

Published in print January 1991 | ISBN: 9780198283652
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596193 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 The Economy, the State and the Public

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Many of the arguments of the book are summarized, with a special emphasis on the role of public action (in a broad sense) to alleviate hunger. Early warning systems and employment provision plans are mentioned for famine prevention. The authors suggest endemic deprivation can be eliminated by looking at basic health care and elementary education in addition to food provision. The last part draws on the influence of food price fluctuations and international cooperation and conflict for public action.

Keywords: basic health; early warning system; elementary education; employment provision; endemic deprivation; famine prevention; food prices; hunger; international cooperation; public action

Chapter.  12075 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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