World poverty

Edited by Peter Townsend and David Gordon

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9781861343956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304340 | DOI:
World poverty

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This book offers insights into how to tackle poverty worldwide. With contributions from scholars in the field, both internationally and in the UK, it asks whether existing international and national policies are likely to succeed in reducing poverty across the world. The book concludes that they are not, and that a radically different international strategy is needed. The book is a companion volume to Breadline Europe: The measurement of poverty (The Policy Press, 2001). The focus of World poverty is on anti-poverty policies rather than the scale, causes, and measurement of poverty. A wide range of countries is discussed, including countries such as China and India, which have rarely been covered elsewhere. The interests of the industrialised and developing world are given equal attention and are analysed together. Policies intended to operate at different levels – international, regional, national, and sub-national – ranging from the policies of international agencies such as the United Nations and the World Bank, through to national governments, groups of governments, and local and city authorities, are examined. Key aspects of social policy, such as ‘targeting’ and means-testing, de-regulation and privatisation, are considered in detail.

Keywords: international policies; anti-poverty policies; China; India; industrialised world; developing world; United Nations; World Bank; de-regulation; privatisation

Book.  480 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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