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Global Poverty

Global governance and poor people in the Post-2015 Era, 2nd Edition

By David Hulme


318 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General