From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World

From Poverty to Power contributes to an urgent and fast-changing debate about development. The book argues that a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets is needed to break the cycle of inequality and poverty, and that this change can be achieved through a combination of active citizens and effective states.

Why active citizenship? 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 states 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.

The book's analysis draws on the experience of Oxfam and its partners in more than 100 countries around the world, as well as on extensive discussions with development professionals.

Published by Oxfam International June 2008; author: Duncan Green; foreword by Amartya Sen. 540pp; paperback; ISBN 978-0-85598-593-6; US$29.99/£15.95. For more information contact us.

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“In telling us what can be achieved by ordinary people through organized action, this book generates hope even as it enhances understanding of what is involved in the removal of poverty.”  – Amartya Sen