Global Poverty

Rethinking Causality

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Much ink has been spilled on poverty measurements and trends, at the expense of revealing causality. Assembling multi-disciplinary and international contributions, this book shows that a causal understanding of poverty in rich and poor countries is essential. That understanding must be based on a critical interrogation of the wider social relations which set up the mechanisms producing poverty as an outcome. Processes that widen/strengthen crisis-ridden market relations, that increase income/wealth inequality, and that ‘enhance’ the policy-biases of nation-states and international institutions toward the affluent-propertied strata cause global poverty and undermine poor people’s political power. The processes concentrating wealth-creation are poverty-causing processes. Through theoretical and empirical analyses this volume offers important insights and political prescriptions to address global poverty.

Contributors are:Raju J. Das, Deepak K. Mishra, Steven Pressman, Michael Roberts, Jamie Gough, Aram Eisenschitz, Anjan Chakravarty, Mizhar Mikati, Marcelo Milan, Tarique Niazi, John Marangos, Eirini Triarchi, Themis Anthrakidis, Macayla Kisten and Brij Maharaj, David Michael M. San Juan, and Thaddeus Hwong.

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Raju J. Das, Ph.D. (1996), The Ohio State University, is a Professor at York University, Toronto. He has published articles in academic journals on political economy and international development. His recent books include Marxist Class Theory for a Skeptical World.

Deepak K. Mishra is Professor at Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His work focuses on the political economy of agrarian change, rural development, and labour migration in India.
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Analysing Poverty Causally: An Introduction
Raju J. Das and Deepak K. Mishra

Absolute, Relative and Multidimensional Measures of Poverty
Steven Pressman

Poverty: A Marxist View
Michael Roberts

Why Is There Poverty In the Rich Countries? A Marxist Analysis
Jamie Gough And Aram Eisenschitz

Class and Social Needs: A Marxian Theory of Poverty
Anjan Chakravarty

Needs, Capital Accumulation, and Poverty: The Case of Food
Mizhar Mikati

The Rise and Fall of Inequality and Poverty Reduction In Brazil
Marcelo Milan

Neoliberalism, Financial Imperialism, and Capitalist Growth: Why Pakistan Still Wallows In Poverty
Tarique Niazi

The Impoverishment of a Nation: The Greek Financial Crisis and Troika’s Free Market-Austerity Policies
John Marangos, Eirini Triarchi and Themis Anthrakidis

Betraying the Struggle – Corruption and Poverty In Post-Apartheid South Africa
Macayla Kisten And Brij Maharaj

Poverty, Living Wage and Income Inequality In the Developing World: Views and Visions From The Philippines
David Michael M. San Juan

Tackling Poverty or Inequality? You Don’t Have to Choose
Thaddeus Hwong

The Political Economy of Poverty and Uneven Development: The Case of Odisha, India
Deepak K Mishra

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The book will be of interest to university students and established scholars who study poverty. It will also be of interest to international development institutions, and the non-profit sector.
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