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The international measurement of poverty and anti-poverty policies

David Gordon

in World poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9781861343956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304340 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343956.003.0004
The international measurement of poverty and anti-poverty policies

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This chapter describes how international social policy and academic research on poverty have changed in the last decade and, in particular, how a widening chasm is developing between the anti-poverty policies being advocated by UN agencies and those of the EU. Having outlined these two sets of policies, the discussion explains that they are underpinned by a diverging approach to the measurement of poverty. It compares in detail the numbers living in poverty in different countries, criticises the poverty measures as well as the anti-poverty policies of the international financial agencies, and calls for a fresh international and scientific approach.

Keywords: international social policy; academic research; poverty; anti-poverty policies; UN; EU; international financial agencies

Chapter.  9779 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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