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From Poverty to Power eBook

By Duncan Green
ISBN: 9781780447414
From Poverty to Power argues that a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets rather than traditional models of charitable or government aid is required to break the cycle of poverty and inequality. The forces driving this transformation are active citizens and effective states. Published in association with Oxfam GB.

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  • Synopsis
    This new edition of From Poverty to Power has been fully revised and now includes a new chapter with an in-depth analysis of the human impact of the global financial and food crises. From Poverty to Power argues that a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets rather than traditional models of charitable or government aid is required to break the cycle of poverty and inequality. The forces driving this transformation are active citizens and effective states. Why active citizens? Because people living in poverty must have a voice in deciding their own destiny and holding the state and the private sector to account. Why effective states? Because history shows that no country has prospered without a state structure that can actively manage the development process. There is now an added urgency: climate change. We need to build a secure, fair, and sustainable world within the limits set by scarce resources and ecological realities.Published in association with Oxfam GB.
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Praise for this book, Contents, List of figures, tables, and boxes, About the author, Foreword - Amartya Sen, Preface to the Second Edition, Acknowledgements, List of acronyms)
    1. Introduction
    2. Power and Politics
    3. Poverty and Wealth: The role of markets in development
    4. Human Security: Managing risk and vulnerability
    5. The International System
    6. How History Happens: The food and financial crises of 2008-11
    7. Conclusion: A new deal for a new century
    Back Matter (Notes, Bibliography, Background papers and case studies, Glossary, Index)
  • Endorsements
    'This book is invaluable for anyone who wants to understand both the shocking injustices of the way the world is run and the means by which they can be put right. It rightly casts development as a matter of democracy, empowerment and redistribution. The new material in this edition, including its work on the food and financial crises and the Arab Spring, ensures that it remains as relevant as ever.' George Monbiot, Journalist

    ‘A tour de force…At once shocking, realistic and radical, this book takes us further on the road to understanding the challenges of development and what needs to be done…It should inform and inspire all who are committed to policy and practice for a better world.’ Robert Chambers, Institute of Development Studies

    ‘Oxfam’s great strength is that it channels the moral outrage that global poverty evokes into effective action based on solid research. From Poverty to Power is a comprehensive look at development in this tradition.’ Dani Rodrik, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

    ‘A unique blend of solid academic understanding, serious activist experience, and political acumen.’ Ha-Joon Chang, Department of Economics, University of Cambridge

    ‘This book does justice to raising the spectre of inequalities...between the world’s richest and poorest people and countries. It contributes to a better understanding of what to do to reduce global poverty.’ Bineta Diop, Executive Director, Femmes Africa Solidarité
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    Author Duncan Green
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    Number of Pages 488
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