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From Poverty to Power   
From Poverty to Power
How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World
Duncan Green
Hard Bound Book (6¼" x 9¼") :   Pages : 538
2008  Edition   :   ISBN 13: 978-81-7188-700-2
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“In telling us what can be achieved by ordinary people through organised action this book generates hope even as it enhances understanding of what is involved in the removal of poverty.” Amartya Sen

   
 
   
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The twenty-first century will be defined by the fight against the scourges of poverty, inequality, and the threat of environmental collapse—as the fight against slavery or for universal suffrage defined earlier eras.

From Poverty to Power argues that it requires a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets to break the cycle to poverty and inequality and to give poor people power over their own destinies. The forces driving this transformation are active citizens and effective states.

Why active citizens? Because people living in poverty must have a voice in deciding their own destiny, fighting for rights and justice in their own society, and holding the state and the private sector to account.

Why effective states? Because history shows that no country has prospered without a state structure than can actively manage the development process.

There is now an added urgency beyond the moral case for tackling poverty and inequality: we need to build a secure, fair, and sustainable world before climate change makes it impossible. This book argues that leaders, organisations, and individuals need to act together, while th ere is still time.

   

CONTENTS IN DETAIL :

List of figures, tables, and boxes

List of acronyms

Acknowledgements

Foreword: Amartya Sen

PART 1 INTRODUCTION

The unequal world

PART 2 POWER AND POLITICS 

The political roots of development

I have rights, therefore I am

How change happens: A revolution for Bolivia’s Chiquitano people

I believe, therefore I am

I read, therefore I am

I surf, therefore I am

We organise, therefore we are

How change happens: Winning women’s rights in Morocco

I own, therefore I am

I vote, therefore I am

I steal, therefore I am

I rule, therefore I am

From poverty to power

PART 3 POVERTY AND WEALTH

An economics for the twenty-first century

Living off the land

How change happens: The fishing communities of Tikamgarh

The changing world of work

Private sector, public interest

Going for growth

How change happens: Botswana and Mauritius: Two African success stories

Sustainable markets

PART 4 RISK AND VULNERABILITY

Living with risk

Social protection

How change happens: India’s campaign for a National Rural Employment Guarantee

Finance and vulnerability

Hunger and famine

HIV, AIDS, and other health risks

How change happens: South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign

The risk of natural disaster

Climate change

Living on the edge: Africa’s pastoralists

Violence and conflict

Shocks and change

PART 5 THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM

Who rules the world?

The international financial system

The international trading system

The international aid system

How change happens: The 2005 Gleneagles Agreements

The international system for humanitarian relief and peace

How change happens: Landmines, an arms-control success story

Climate change

Global governance in the twenty-first century

PART 6 CONCLUSION

A new deal for a new century

ANNEX: HOW CHANGE HAPPENS

Notes

Bibliography

Background papers and case studies

Glossary

Index

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