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Brady, David, 1972-
Rich democracies, poor people : how politics explain poverty / David Brady
Alternate Title How politics explain poverty
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  HC79.P6 B653 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Poverty
Poverty -- Government policy
Welfare state
Physical Description vi, 268 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-249) and index
Contents Beyond individualism -- Rethinking the measurement of poverty -- Mythical and real patterns in poverty -- The welfare state and poverty -- The politics of poverty -- The poverty of liberal economics -- Structural theory and poverty -- Politicizing poverty
Summary "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 over 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." -- Book cover

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