The Political Economy of Hunger: Selected Essays / Edition 1

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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: 8/28/1995
  • Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics Series
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 644
  • Product dimensions: 9.13 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Dreze was formerly Lecturer in Development Economics at the London School of Economics.
Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Maps
Introduction 1
1 Introduction to The Political Economy of Hunger 13
2 Food, Economics, and Entitlements 50
3 Famine Prevention in India 69
4 An Independent Press and Anti-hunger Strategies: The Indian Experience 178
5 The Intrafamily Distribution of Hunger in South Asia 224
6 Public Policy and Basic Needs Provision: Intervention and Achievements in Sri Lanka 298
7 The Food Problems of Bangladesh 332
8 The Elimination of Endemic Poverty in South Asia: Some Policy Options 372
9 Feeding China: The Experience since 1949 401
10 The Food Crisis in Africa: A Comparative Structural Analysis 445
11 Famine Prevention in Africa: Some Experiences and Lessons 554
Index 605
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