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Routledge International Handbook of Poverty

1st Edition

Edited by Bent Greve


414 pages | 72 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Editor

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.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General