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The Poverty of Nations

A Relational Perspective

By Paul Spicker

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11 Mar 2020

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218 pages

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In this persuasive study, social welfare and policy expert Paul Spicker makes a case for a relational view of poverty.

Poverty is much more than a lack of resources. It involves a complex set of social relationships, such as economic disadvantage, insecurity or a lack of rights. These relational elements tell us what poverty is – what it consists of, what poor people are experiencing, and what problems need to be addressed.

This book examines poverty in the context of the economy, society and the political community, considering how states can respond to issues of inequality, exclusion and powerlessness. Drawing on examples of social policy in both rich and poor countries, this is an accessible contribution to the debate about the nature of poverty and responses to it.

"The author provides fresh insights into a long-standing topic at the heart of development theory and practice. His multi-level and multi-disciplinary analysis, which looks at poor and rich countries in tandem, is an important contribution to current development debates in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals." Katja Hujo, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

"This thoughtful exploration of the contemporary landscape of poverty studies is especially valuable for those of us focused on human rights and social justice from the perspective of the global South." Camilo Pérez-Bustillo, Stanford University

"For those of us working in developing countries where minimalist monetary measures of poverty dominate, this book provides a welcome enjoinder to place social relationships centre stage in poverty discourses and when considering policy solutions." Michael Noble, University of Oxford and Southern African Social Policy Research Institute

Paul Spicker is Emeritus Professor of Public Policy at Robert Gordon University. He has been a consultant on social welfare for a range of agencies; his research includes studies of poverty, need and service delivery.

Introduction: Representations of poverty

Part I ~ Poverty: economic and social relationships

Poverty

Poverty and the economy

Economic development

Inequality

Exclusion

Poverty and rights

Poverty and social policy

Part II ~ Rich and poor countries

Poverty in national perspective

Poverty and the state

Poverty in rich countries

Poor countries

Rich and poor countries

Responses to poverty

Conclusion: Poverty and social science