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World povertyNew policies to defeat an old enemy$
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Peter Townsend and David Gordon

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343956

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343956.001.0001

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Poverty, social exclusion and social polarisation: the need to construct an international welfare state

Poverty, social exclusion and social polarisation: the need to construct an international welfare state

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(p.2) (p.3) ONE Poverty, social exclusion and social polarisation: the need to construct an international welfare state
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World poverty
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Peter Townsend

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861343956.003.0002

This chapter presents a general account of trends in development from the 1960s, when poverty was placed at the forefront of international concern. The continued emphasis on economic growth by the Bretton Woods institutions has attracted increasingly critical attention. The partial shift of attention to ‘social exclusion’ has widened the understanding of the causes of poverty but has not led to the mobilisation of effective action on the part of the international agencies or the most powerful states. It is the phenomenon of ‘social polarisation’ that is attracting too little interest, and yet is fuelling increasingly difficult and even dangerous, as well as contentious, social conditions.

Keywords:   poverty, social exclusion, Bretton Woods institutions, powerful states, social polarisation

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