Rich Democracies, Poor People: How Politics Explain Poverty

Rich Democracies, Poor People: How Politics Explain Poverty

by David Brady
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019538587X

ISBN-13: 9780195385878

Pub. Date: 09/04/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Poverty is not simply the result of an individual's characteristics, behaviors, or abilities. Rather, as David Brady demonstrates, poverty is the result of politics. In Rich Democracies, Poor People, Brady investigates why poverty is so entrenched in some affluent democracies whereas it is a solvable problem in others. Drawing on more than thirty years of data from

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Poverty is not simply the result of an individual's characteristics, behaviors, or abilities. Rather, as David Brady demonstrates, poverty is the result of politics. In Rich Democracies, Poor People, Brady investigates why poverty is so entrenched in some affluent democracies whereas it is a solvable problem in others. Drawing on more than thirty years of data from eighteen countries, Brady argues that cross-national and historical variations in poverty are principally driven by differences in the generosity of the welfare state. An explicit challenge to mainstream views of poverty as an inescapable outcome of individual failings or a society's labor markets and demography, this book offers institutionalized power relations theory as an alternative explanation. The power of coalitions for egalitarianism, Leftist political groups and parties, and the social policies they are able to institutionalize shape the amount of poverty in society. Where poverty is low, equality has been institutionalized. Where poverty is widespread, exemplified by the U.S., there has been a failure to institutionalize equality. A comprehensive and state-of-the-art study, Rich Democracies, Poor People places the inherently political choices over resources and the political organization of states, markets, and societies at the center of the study of poverty and social inequality.

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ISBN-13:
9780195385878
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/04/2009
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Beyond Individualism
2. Rethinking the Measurement of Poverty
3. Mythical and Real Patterns in Poverty
4. The Welfare State and Poverty
5. The Politics of Poverty
6. The Poverty of Liberal Economics
7. Structural Theory and Poverty
8. Politicizing Poverty
Appendix
Acknowledgements
References

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