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

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


By (author) Duncan Green, Edited by Mark Fried


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  • Publisher: Oxfam Professional
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 33mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0855985933
  • ISBN 13: 9780855985936
  • Sales rank: 184,785

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The twenty-first century will be defined by the fight against the scourges of poverty, inequality, and the threat of environmental collapse as the fight against slavery or for universal suffrage defined earlier eras. "From Poverty to Power" argues that to break the cycle of poverty and inequality and to give poor people power over their own destinies a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets is required. The two driving forces behind such a transformation are 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. There is now an added urgency beyond the moral case for tackling poverty and inequality, we need to build a secure, fair, and sustainable world before climate change makes it impossible. This book argues that there is still time, provided leaders, organizations, and individuals act. Starting today "

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Author information

Duncan Green has been Head of Research at Oxfam GB since 2004. He is the author of several books on Latin America, including Faces of Latin America (1997, third edition 2006) and Silent Revolution: The Rise and Crisis of Market Economics in Latin America (2003). He has been a Senior Policy Adviser on trade and development at the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and Policy Analyst on trade and globalisation at CAFOD.

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"Green (of Oxfam Great Britain) argues that approaches towards reducing inequality and poverty require the combined efforts of "active citizens" and "effective states." He explores a range of issues that arise out this formulation, including characteristics of the active citizen, the role of markets in tackling poverty and inequality, issues of vulnerability and the search for human security, the impact of climate change on poor people, changes to global governance, and the responsibilities of citizens and states in rich countries. Most of his perspective and areas of focus are drawn from his experience with Oxfam."

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Foreword: AmartyaSen; PART 1 INTRODUCTION; The unequal world; PART 2 POWER AND POLITICS; The political roots of development; I have rights, therefore I am; How change happens: A revolution for Bolivia's Chiquitano people; I believe, therefore I am; I read, therefore I am; I surf, therefore I am; We organise, therefore we are; How change happens: Winning women's rights in Morocco; I own, therefore I am; I vote, therefore I am; I steal, therefore I am; I rule, therefore I am; From poverty to power; PART 3 POVERTY AND WEALTH; An economics for the twenty-first century; Living off the land; How change happens: The fishing communities of Tikamgarh; The changing world of work; Private sector, public interest; Going for growth; How change happens: Botswana and Mauritius: Two African success stories; Sustainable markets; PART 4 RISK AND VULNERABILITY; Living with risk; Social protection; How change happens: India's campaign for a National Rural Employment Guarantee; Finance and vulnerability; Hunger and famine; HIV, AIDS, and other health risks; How change happens: South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign; The risk of natural disaster; Climate change; Living on the edge: Africa's pastoralists; Violence and conflict; Shocks and change; PART 5 THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM; Who rules the world? The international financial system; The international trading system; The international aid system; How change happens: The 2005 Gleneagles Agreements; The international system for humanitarian relief and peace; How change happens: Landmines, an arms-control success story; Climate change; Global governance in the twenty-first century; PART 6 CONCLUSION; A new deal for a new century; ANNEX: HOW CHANGE HAPPENS; Notes; Bibliography; Background papers and case studies; Glossary; Index