2nd Edition

Global Poverty Global governance and poor people in the Post-2015 Era

By David Hulme Copyright 2015
    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    342 Pages
    by Routledge

    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).

    Key updates for the new edition:

    • evaluation of the post-2015 Development Agenda and the Rio+20
    • exploration of how Colombia and Brazil are pushing a sustainability agenda as a Southern perspective to challenge the aid focus of OECD post-MDGs interests
    • examination and discussion of the gradual shift of power and influence to the BRICs and emerging regional powers (Indonesia, Turkey, South Africa) but the lack of change in global institutions
    • exploration of Russia’s lack of participation in the development agenda  

    The first book to tackle the issue of global poverty through the lens of global institutions; this fully updated volume provides an important resource for all students and scholars of international relations, development studies and international political economy.

    Introduction, Chapter 1: The history and geography of global poverty, Chapter 2: Understanding and explaining global poverty, Chapter 3: The institutional landscape for attacking global poverty, Chapter 4: "Doing global" poverty eradication: transformation or gradual process?, Chapter 5: Strategic choices for the post-2015 development agenda, Chapter 6: The future of global poverty: emerging issues in an uncertain world, Chapter 7: Understanding the global governance of poverty: why don’t we care?, Chapter 8: Moving forward on global poverty: can we care?, Annotated Bibliography, Appendix of the Millennium Development Goals


    David Hulme is Professor in Development Studies and Director, Global Development Institute (formely Institute for Development Policy and Management) at the University of Manchester, UK.

    Praise for the previous edition:

    "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