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The Poverty of Nations

A Relational Perspective

By Paul Spicker

Published

11 Mar 2020

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1447343332

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
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Published

11 Mar 2020

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1447343325

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
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Published

11 Mar 2020

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1447343356

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
£24.99 £19.99You save £5.00 (20%)
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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.

    "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

    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

    Part 1 ~ Poverty: economic and social relationships

    Poverty

    Poverty and the economy

    Economic development

    Inequality

    Exclusion

    Poverty and rights

    Poverty and social policy

    Part 2 ~ 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