Politics as Usual

Politics as Usual : What Lies Behind the Pro-Poor Rhetoric

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Worldwide, human lives are rapidly improving. Education,health-care, technology, and political participation are becomingever more universal, empowering human beings everywhere to enjoysecurity, economic sufficiency, equal citizenship, and a life indignity. To be sure, there are some specially difficult areasdisfavoured by climate, geography, local diseases, unenlightenedcultures or political tyranny. Here progress is slow, and there maybe set-backs. But the affluent states and many internationalorganizations are working steadily to extend the blessings ofmodernity through trade and generous development assistance, and itwon't be long until the last pockets of severe oppression andpoverty are gone. Heavily promoted by Western governments and media, thiscomforting view of the world is widely shared, at least among theaffluent. Pogge's new book presents an alternative view: Povertyand oppression persist on a massive scale; political and economicinequalities are rising dramatically both intra-nationally andglobally. The affluent states and the international organizationsthey control knowingly contribute greatly to these evils -selfishly promoting rules and policies harmful to the poor whilehypocritically pretending to set and promote ambitious developmentgoals. Pogge's case studies include the $1/day poverty measurementexercise, the cosmetic statistics behind the first MillenniumDevelopment Goal, the War on Terror, and the proposed relaxation ofthe constraints on humanitarian intervention. A powerful moralanalysis that shows what Western states would do if they reallycared about the values they profess.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 28mm | 721.21g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0745638929
  • 9780745638928
  • 1,769,302

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"I would recommend this book for its provocative and well-argued positions on a range of topics." Population Studies "In an age of economic austerity and financial crisis, the temptation is to literally adopt the old adage that 'charity begins at home' ... Pogge's book is an important corrective to such arguments." Central European Journal of Economic and Security Studies "Likely to challenge, disturb and shock any reader willing to enter the world described by Pogge. Nevertheless, it is essential reading ... Pogge brings a very personal and heartfelt morality to issues that are usually dealt with in high economic terms." Kelvingrove Reviewshow more

About Thomas W. Pogge

Thomas Pogge, Professor, Australian National Universityshow more

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Worldwide, human lives are rapidly improving. Education, health-care, technology, and political participation are becoming ever more universal, empowering human beings everywhere to enjoy security, economic sufficiency, equal citizenship, and a life in dignity. To be sure, there are some specially difficult areas disfavoured by climate, geography, local diseases, unenlightened cultures or political tyranny. Here progress is slow, and there may be set-backs. But the affluent states and many international organizations are working steadily to extend the blessings of modernity through trade and generous development assistance, and it won't be long until the last pockets of severe oppression and poverty are gone. Heavily promoted by Western governments and media, this comforting view of the world is widely shared, at least among the affluent. Pogge's new book presents an alternative view: Poverty and oppression persist on a massive scale; political and economic inequalities are rising dramatically both intra-nationally and globally. The affluent states and the international organizations they control knowingly contribute greatly to these evils - selfishly promoting rules and policies harmful to the poor while hypocritically pretending to set and promote ambitious development goals. Pogge's case studies include the $1/day poverty measurement exercise, the cosmetic statistics behind the first Millennium Development Goal, the War on Terror, and the proposed relaxation of the constraints on humanitarian intervention. A powerful moral analysis that shows what Western states would do if they really cared about the values they profess.show more

Table of contents

General Introduction 1 What is global justice 1.0 Introduction 1.1 The extent of global poverty 1.2 The moral significance of global poverty 1.3 From international to global justice 1.4 Interactional and institutional moral analysis 1.5 Transnational institutional analysis 1.6 The global institutional order contributes to severe poverty 1.7 Global poverty is foreseeable and avoidable 1.8 Conclusion 2 Recognized and violated by international law: thehuman rights of the global poor 2.0 Introduction 2.1 Human rights and correlative duties 2.2 The purely domestic poverty thesis 2.3 The Panglossian view of the present global order 2.4 Is the present global order merely less beneficial than itmight be? 2.5 The present global order massively violates human rights 2.6 The promise of global institutional reform 3 The first UNMillennium Development Goal: a cause for celebration? 3.0 Introduction 3.1 Reflection one on halving world poverty 3.2 Reflection two on tracking poverty by counting the poor 3.3 Reflection three on where the line is drawn 3.4 Reflection four on relating the IPL to the global product 3.5 Concluding thoughts 4 Developing morally plausible indices ofpoverty and gender equity: a research program 4.0 Introduction 4.1 The World Bank s tracking poverty by counting peoplebelow some IPL 4.2 The problematic reliance on CPIs and PPPs 4.3 Tracking development with the HDI and gender equity with theGDI 4.4 Toward new indices of development, poverty and gender equity 5Growth and inequality: understanding recent trends and politicalchoices 5.0 Introduction 5.1 Who benefits from recent growth? 5.2 Intra-national inequality 5.3 Growth and poverty in China 5.4 Global inequality 5.5 What next 6 Dworkin, the abortion battle, and global poverty 6.0 Introduction 6.1 Dworkin s problematic reconstruction of the pro-lifeperspective 6.2 Review of the alleged inconsistencies of the pro-lifeperspective 6.3 The search for common ground 6.4 Global poverty as a competing moral priority from the pro-lifeperspective 6.5 Comparing the responsibilities for abortion and global poverty 6.6 Objections to the comparative moral priority of hunger 6.7 Conclusions 7. Making war on terrorists: reflections on harmingthe innocent 7.0 Introduction 7.1 The uses of terrorism for politicians and the media 7.2 Public support for anti-terror policies 7.3 One failure in the moral justification for terrorism 7.4 Other problems for the moral justification of terrorism 7.5 Taking morality seriously 7.6 Acting under color of morality 7.7 The measures taken in our name 7.8 How do we justify our policies? 8 Moralizing humanitarianintervention: why jurying fails and how law can work 8.0 Introduction 8.1 The amazing appeal to the Rwandan genocide 8.2 Would an intervention to stop the Rwandan genocide really havebeen illegal? 8.3 Humanitarian heroes fettered by legal niceties? 8.4 The jurying model 8.5 How to think about improving the international legal order 9Creating supranational institutions democratically: reflections onthe European Union s democratic deficit 9.0 Introduction 9.1 The Maastricht verdict of the German Constitutional Court 9.2 Why the people allegedly cannot play a role in shapingpolitical institutions 9.3 The constitutive features of the Union 9.4 Concluding remarks Bibliographyshow more

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"I would recommend this book for its provocative and well-argued positions on a range of topics." Population Studies "In an age of economic austerity and financial crisis, the temptation is to literally adopt the old adage that charity begins at home ... Pogge s book is an important corrective to such arguments." Central European Journal of Economic and Security Studies "Likely to challenge, disturb and shock any reader willing to enter the world described by Pogge. Nevertheless, it is essential reading ... Pogge brings a very personal and heartfelt morality to issues that are usually dealt with in high economic terms." Kelvingrove Reviewshow more

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