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1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Poverty

ISBN 9780367178666
Published October 11, 2019 by Routledge
414 Pages - 72 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The first of the UN Millennium Goals was to reduce extreme poverty and in 2014 it was halved compared to 1990, and now the goal is to eradicate poverty and hunger by 2030. The reduction in poverty is, to a high degree, the consequence of the rapid economic development in a few countries, especially China, but in many countries around the globe poverty is still at a high level and is influencing societies’ overall development. It is against this background that this Handbook provides an up-to-date analysis and overview of the topic from a large variety of theoretical and methodological angles.

Organised into four parts, the Handbook provides knowledge on what poverty is, how it has developed, and what type of policies might be able to succeed in reducing poverty. Part I investigates conceptual issues and relates concepts to people’s relative position in society and the understanding of justice. Part II shows how poverty has developed. It combines existing empirical knowledge with regional/national understandings of the issue of poverty. Part III analyses policies and interventions with the aim of reducing or alleviating poverty within a national as well as global context. It includes a variety of countries and examples. Finally, Part IV tells us what can be done about poverty; what instruments are available to end poverty as we know it today.

This volume will be an invaluable reference book for students and scholars throughout the social sciences, particularly in sociology, social policy, public policy, development studies, international relations and politics.

Table of Contents

1. Poverty: Still an Important Issue
Bent Greve


2. Absolute Poverty
M. Azhar Hussain

3. Absolute or Relative? Definitions and the Different Understandings of Poverty
Therese Saltkjel and Ira Malmberg-Heimonen

4. Multidimensional Poverty: Whose Poverty Is It?
Robert Walker

5. Multidimensional Poverty Across the Life Cycle: The United States as an Empirical Example
Roger White and Thomas Bailleul

6. Preventing Poverty
Adrian Sinfield

7. Relative Deprivation and Subjective Social Position
Anders Ejrnæs

8. The Consequences of Growing Up Poor
Wim Van Lancker and Julie Vinck

9. Social Justice as Parity of Participation
Katrien Boone, Rudi Roose, Christian Christrup Kjeldsen, Caroline Vandekinderen, and Griet Roets

10. Global Poverty: Trends, Measures, and Antidotes
Philip N. Jefferson

11. The Discourse of Poverty: Structural and Behavioural Approaches in the UK Since 1900
John Welshman


12. Poverty Development in Affluent Welfare States
Kate Summers

13. Poverty in Developing Countries, 1990-2016: Some Regional, Temporal, and Income Level Variations
Udaya R Wagle

14. What Contributes to a Higher Degree of Voluntarism in China’s Rural Displacement Programs? Poverty Alleviation Resettlement as a Case Study
Tao Xue and Mark Wang

15. Dynamics of Rural Transformation and Poverty and Inequality in Asia and the Pacific
Katsushi Imai, Raghav Gaiha and Fabrizio Bresciani

16. Poverty in Africa
Felicitas Becker and Ewout Frankema

17. Poverty and Social Policy in Latin America: Key Trends since C. 2000
Camila Arza and Roxana Maurizio

18. Poverty around the World: North America
Emily W. Kane


19. The Working Poor
Ive Marx

20. Poverty in Old Age
Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Kenneth Nelson and Rense Nieuwenhuis

21. Poverty and Access to Welfare Benefits
Caroline Dewilde

22. Coping with Poverty – Life for People
Jane Gray, Jennifer Dagg and Clíona Rooney

23. Poverty and Crime
David Denney

24. Taxes and Duties and Impact on Poverty
Bent Greve

25. Social Cash Transfers in the Global South: Individualizing Poverty Policies
Lutz Leisering

26. International Migration and Poverty
Meltem Yilmaz Sener

27. Neoliberalism and Poverty: An Unbreakable Relationship
Guy Feldman

28. Poverty and Health Inequality
Mel Bartley

29. Poverty Reduction among Older People through Pensions: A Comparative Analysis
Olaf van Vliet, Koen Caminada, Kees Goudswaard, and Jinxian Wang

30. Behavioural Public Policy and Poverty
Katherine Curchin

31. Poverty and Family
Mary Daly


32. Poverty – It Is Still Here
Bent Greve

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Bent Greve is Professor of Welfare State Analysis in the Department of Society and Business at Roskilde University, Denmark. He has published widely on different topics surrounding the welfare state, including technology and the labour market, happiness and social policy, labour market policy, and most recently on populism and the welfare state. He is editor of Social Policy and Administration.