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- DescriptionGlobally, there is a commitment to eliminate poverty; and yet the politics that have caused anti-poverty policies to succeed in some countries and to fail in others have been little studied. The Politics of Poverty Reduction focuses on these political processes. Analysis is based partly on global comparisons and partly on case-studies of nine countries that span the developing world. Where governments are politically weak, they need to make alliances with other groups to stay in power, and where these have been with low-income groups, the result may be a lasting and effective pro-poor strategy. Often pro-poor policies have been brought in t with progressive intentions, but out of fear that the state will fall apart unless pro-poor elements are incorporated into government, and the most effective regimes in reducing poverty have seldom been the kindest and most benevolent. The ability to provide the poor with access to key markets, and in particular labour and capital, is crucial, and this in turn requires fiscal strength. Two crucial elements in the story are the ability to frame labour-intensive policies (given that labour is often the only thing that poor people are able to sell) and the design of effective tax and expenditure policies. Aid dors can make a key contribution, partly through reinforcing recipients' fiscal capacity, but much more through providing technical support of the right kind.
- Author BiographyPaul Mosley holds BA and PhD degrees in economics. He has worked mostly in academia but also in government, as economic adviser to the Kenya Treasury (1969-71) and the UK Department for International Development (1979-81). He has also worked in a voluntary capacity for both development and social policy NGOs and is currently on the board of the Sheffield Credit Union. His publications include Aid and Power (2e, 1995), Finance against Poverty (1996) and Poverty and Social Exclusion in North and South (2003).
- Author(s)Paul Mosley
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication13/08/2015
- SubjectEconomics: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Note40 Figures and 43 Tables
- Weight662 g
- Width160 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine23 mm
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