The Political Economy of Hunger: Selected Essays / Edition 1

The Political Economy of Hunger: Selected Essays / Edition 1

by Jean Dreze, Amartya Sen, Athar Hussain
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198288832

ISBN-13: 9780198288831

Pub. Date: 08/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Hailed on its initial publication as a work with immediate implications for countless lives, Dreze & Sen's The Political Economy of Hunger is the classic analysis of an extraordinary paradox: in a world of food surpluses and diseases of overeating, hunger kills millions more people each year than wars or political repression. Now this abridged version…  See more details below

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Hailed on its initial publication as a work with immediate implications for countless lives, Dreze & Sen's The Political Economy of Hunger is the classic analysis of an extraordinary paradox: in a world of food surpluses and diseases of overeating, hunger kills millions more people each year than wars or political repression. Now this abridged version puts the most essential and influential essays from the three-volume work within the reach of concerned citizens who want to understand the real causes of hunger and deprivation.

Famines, the contributors believe, are caused not just by food shortages, but by social and economic factors, and a whole host of factors may intervene between a natural disaster and the ensuing famine. The most common instinctive reaction to famines--increasing the amount of food per capita--may only be effective in the very short term, and the real solution may turn out to be counter-intuitive.

Ranging from Africa to South Asia to China and written by an international array of authorities, the essays included in this abridgement give the best available analysis of the causes of worldwide hunger, and the best hope for effective aid policies in the future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198288831
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Series:
WIDER Studies in Development Economics Series
Edition description:
ABR
Pages:
644
Product dimensions:
9.13(w) x 6.13(h) x 1.37(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Maps
Introduction1
1Introduction to The Political Economy of Hunger13
2Food, Economics, and Entitlements50
3Famine Prevention in India69
4An Independent Press and Anti-hunger Strategies: The Indian Experience178
5The Intrafamily Distribution of Hunger in South Asia224
6Public Policy and Basic Needs Provision: Intervention and Achievements in Sri Lanka298
7The Food Problems of Bangladesh332
8The Elimination of Endemic Poverty in South Asia: Some Policy Options372
9Feeding China: The Experience since 1949401
10The Food Crisis in Africa: A Comparative Structural Analysis445
11Famine Prevention in Africa: Some Experiences and Lessons554
Index605

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