About From Poverty to Power
Seismic events have convulsed global markets since 2008, when From Poverty to Power was first published. World news has been full of stories reflecting a profound sense of uncertainty about the global future. In response, this new edition of From Poverty to Power has been revised throughout and also includes a new chapter How History Happens, with an in-depth analysis of the human impact of the global financial and food crises since 2008.
From Poverty to Power argues that a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets rather than traditional models of charitable or government aid is required to break the cycle of poverty and inequality. 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 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 that can actively manage the development process.
There is now an added urgency: climate change. We need to build a secure, fair, and sustainable world within the limits set by scarce resources and ecological realities.
From Poverty to Power should be read by students, researchers, NGO workers and all those who want to contribute to ending global poverty.
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The First Edition is available to download in Spanish
Foreword - Amartya Sen
Foreword to Second Edition - Duncan Green
Part 1: Introduction: The unequal world
Part 2: Power and Politics
The political roots of development • I believe therefore I am • I read therefore I a • I surf therefore I am • We organize therefore we are • I own therefore I am • I vote therefore I am • I steal therefore I am: Natural resources, corruption, and development • I rule therefore I am • From poverty to power
Case Studies: A revolution for Bolivia’s Chiquitano people • Winning women’s rights in Morocco
Part 3: Poverty and wealth: The role of markets in development
An economics for the 21st century • Living off the land • The changing world of work • Private sector, public interest • Going for growth • Sustainable markets
Case Studies: African success stories: Botswana and Mauritius • The fishing communities of Tikamgarh
Part 4: Human Security: Managing risk and vulnerability
Living with risk • Social protection • Finance and vulnerability • Hunger and famine • HIV, and AIDS, and other health risks • The risk of natural disaster • Climate change: Mitigation, adaptation, organisation • Living on the edge: Africa's pastoralists • Violence and conflict • Shocks and change
Case Studies: South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign • India’s campaign for a National Rural Employment Guarantee
Part 5: The International System
Who rules the world? • The international financial system • The international trading system • The international aid system • International Rules and Norms • The interantional system for humanitarian relief and peace • Climate change • Global governance in the 21st century
Case Studies: Landmines, an arms control success story • The 2005 Gleneagles agreements
Part 6: How History Happens: The Food and Financial Crises of 2008-11
Conclusion: A new deal for a new century
Background research and case studies
The First Edition From Poverty to Power had a collection of online support and background materials. For the Second Edition this has been extended.
An entirely new collection of Blog Resources has been created, bringing together nearly 250 blog posts and over 2,500 comments under 17 thematic headings. Many of these blog posts contributed substantially to the development of ideas for the Second Edition.
The Background Papers collection adds 16 papers commissioned for or that have informed the writing of the Second Edition to 19 from the First Edition.
The 29 Case Studies from the First Edition are still available.