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 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

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  • Electronic book text
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 2nd ed.
  • 9780745655420

Table of contents

General Introduction1 What is global justice1.0 Introduction1.1 The extent of global poverty1.2 The moral significance of global poverty1.3 From international to global justice1.4 Interactional and institutional moral analysis1.5 Transnational institutional analysis1.6 The global institutional order contributes to severe poverty1.7 Global poverty is foreseeable and avoidable1.8 Conclusion 2 Recognized and violated by international law: the human rights of the global poor2.0 Introduction2.1 Human rights and correlative duties2.2 The purely domestic poverty thesis2.3 The Panglossian view of the present global order2.4 Is the present global order merely less beneficial than it might be?2.5 The present global order massively violates human rights2.6 The promise of global institutional reform 3 The first UN Millennium Development Goal: a cause for celebration?3.0 Introduction3.1 Reflection one on halving world poverty3.2 Reflection two on tracking poverty by counting the poor3.3 Reflection three on where the line is drawn3.4 Reflection four on relating the IPL to the global product3.5 Concluding thoughts 4 Developing morally plausible indices of poverty and gender equity: a research program4.0 Introduction4.1 The World Bank's tracking poverty by counting people below some IPL4.2 The problematic reliance on CPIs and PPPs4.3 Tracking development with the HDI and gender equity with the GDI4.4 Toward new indices of development, poverty and gender equity 5 Growth and inequality: understanding recent trends and political choices5.0 Introduction5.1 Who benefits from recent growth?5.2 Intra-national inequality5.3 Growth and poverty in China5.4 Global inequality5.5 What next 6 Dworkin, the abortion battle, and global poverty6.0 Introduction6.1 Dworkin's problematic reconstruction of the pro-life perspective6.2 Review of the alleged inconsistencies of the pro-life perspective6.3 The search for common ground6.4 Global poverty as a competing moral priority from the pro-life perspective6.5 Comparing the responsibilities for abortion and global poverty6.6 Objections to the comparative moral priority of hunger6.7 Conclusions 7. Making war on terrorists: reflections on harming the innocent7.0 Introduction7.1 The uses of terrorism for politicians and the media7.2 Public support for anti-terror policies7.3 One failure in the moral justification for terrorism7.4 Other problems for the moral justification of terrorism7.5 Taking morality seriously7.6 Acting under color of morality7.7 The measures taken in our name7.8 How do we justify our policies? 8 Moralizing humanitarian intervention: why jurying fails and how law can work8.0 Introduction8.1 The amazing appeal to the Rwandan genocide8.2 Would an intervention to stop the Rwandan genocide really have been illegal?8.3 Humanitarian heroes fettered by legal niceties?8.4 The jurying model8.5 How to think about improving the international legal order 9 Creating supranational institutions democratically: reflections on the European Union's "democratic deficit"9.0 Introduction9.1 The Maastricht verdict of the German Constitutional Court9.2 Why the people allegedly cannot play a role in shaping political institutions9.3 The constitutive features of the Union9.4 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 Review -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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