How Global Governance is Failing the Poor
By David Hulme
Routledge – 2010 – 258 pages
Series: Global Institutions
Around 1.4 billion people presently live in extreme poverty, and yet despite this vast scale, the issue of global poverty had a relatively low international profile until the end of the 20th century. In this important new work, Hulme charts the rise of global poverty as a priority global issue, and its subsequent marginalisation as old themes edged it aside (trade policy and peace-making in regions of geo-political importance) and new issues were added (terrorism, global climate change and access to natural resources).
Providing a concise and detailed overview of both the history and the current debates that surround this key issue, the book:
The first book to tackle the issue of global poverty through the lens of global institutions; this volume provides an important resource for all students and scholars of international relations, development studies and international political economy.
"Global poverty is. . .recommended for anyone seeking to gain quickly a better understanding of global poverty—or for any teacher looking for an excellent text on the subject. It is a direct, no-nonsense, multi-disciplinary examination of the nature of poverty, with its subtitular focus on the gross failures of global governance to address the problem." - Joel Campbell, International Affairs, Vol. 87, 6, November 2011
"The book reads like a crime novel and, like any good crime writer, Hulme does not paint the protagonist(s) as ‘evil’ but with nuances that are never oversimplistic." - Jaqui Goldin, ‘Book Reviews’, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal for People-Centered Development, 13:1, 153-163 (2012)
"[Global Poverty] has certainly helped identify the entanglements and intricacies of a global poverty landscape through a careful dissection of its institutional intrigues." - Jaqui Goldin, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Vol. 13, 1, February 2012
1. The History and Geography of Global Poverty 2. Understanding and Explaining Global Poverty 3. The Institutional Landscape for Attacking Global Poverty 4. Doing Global Poverty Eradication: All Change or No Change 5. Strategic Choices for Global Poverty Eradication 6. The Future of Global Poverty: Emerging Issues in an Uncertain World 7. Why Don't we Care About Ending Poverty 8. Moving Forward on Global Poverty: Can we Care?
David Hulme is Professor in Development Studies and Director, Chronic Poverty Research Centre at the University of Manchester, UK.