Poverty and Inequality in Middle Income Countries

Poverty and Inequality in Middle Income Countries

PUBLICATION: New book in the CROP International Studies in Poverty Research Series, published by Zed Books, London. Edited by Einar Braathen, Julian May, Marianne Ulriksen and Gemma Wright. OPEN ACCESS

15 April 2016


Poverty and Inequality in Middle Income Countries offers a timely reassessment of the viable ways of addressing poverty across the globe today. The realities of global poverty have changed dramatically over the past decade, and around three-quarters of the poor now live in middle income countries rather than in the overall poorest areas of the world. This rapid transformation requires us to re-think anti-poverty strategies and policies fundamentally, as many aspects of the established frameworks for poverty reduction are now no longer effective. This much-needed intervention answers some of the key questions facing development policy, with contributions spanning Latin America, Africa and Asia, and which assess poverty and inequality on the global, national and local scale, as well as in both urban and rural contexts.

Providing poverty researchers and practitioners with valuable new tools to address new forms of poverty in the right way, Poverty and Inequality in Middle Income Countries shows how a radical switch from aid to redistribution-based social policies is needed to combat new forms of global poverty.

'This timely and important collection of essays breathes fresh air into the debate about what it means to be poor in today's world, and what can be done to end poverty.'

Tony Addison, chief economist, United Nations University – World Institute for Development Economics Research

 'A welcome addition to the literature on poverty. In focusing on domestic actors and politics, the essays in this volume help to shed light on the social drivers of poverty and available instruments for effective poverty reduction.'

Jimi Adesina, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

This book can be ordered from Zed Books

Introduction: Poverty and politics in Middle Income Countries
Einar Braathen, Julian May, Marianne Ulriksen and Gemma Wright

Chapter 1: Policy relevant measurement of poverty in low, middle and high Income countries
David Gordon and Shailen Nandy

Chapter 2: "The World is a Ghetto": Comparative aspects of poverty, inequality, racism and human rights, from below, in Mexico and Latin America
Camilo Perez-Bustillo

Chapter 3: South Africa and the choice of development strategy: OECG vs BRICS
Tor Halvorsen


Chapter 4: Universalizing health coverage in emerging economies: Policy developments in India for extending health care to poor populations
Amrit Kaur Virk


Chapter 5: Politics of inequality in Botswana and South Africa: Re-distributive and income-levelling impacts of public interventions
Marianne S. Ulriksen 

Chapter 6: Democratization, disempowerment and poverty in Nigeria: Exploring the link between politics and poverty reduction in Middle Income Countries
Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba

Chapter 7: Politics and policies to address urban poverty and inequality: Urban upgrading in Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town and Durban
Einar Braathen, David Jordhus-Lier, Berit Aasen and Catherine Sutherland

Chapter 8: Adults who live on the streets of Buenos Aires: Public policies providing solutions or contributing to the social segmentation?
Martin Boy

Chapter 9: Grassroots politics and social movement mobilizations for land and rural development in Brazil
 Abdulrazak Karriem

Chapter 10: Political and ideational foundations of land alienation-infused poverty in India
Sony Pellissery 

Chapter 11: Justifying the failure of development interventions: The politics of hunger deaths in Odisha (India)
Rajakishor Mahana


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