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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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The international measurement of poverty and anti-poverty policies

The international measurement of poverty and anti-poverty policies

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(p.52) (p.53) THREE The international measurement of poverty and anti-poverty policies
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World poverty
Author(s):

David Gordon

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861343956.003.0004

This chapter describes how international social policy and academic research on poverty have changed in the last decade and, in particular, how a widening chasm is developing between the anti-poverty policies being advocated by UN agencies and those of the EU. Having outlined these two sets of policies, the discussion explains that they are underpinned by a diverging approach to the measurement of poverty. It compares in detail the numbers living in poverty in different countries, criticises the poverty measures as well as the anti-poverty policies of the international financial agencies, and calls for a fresh international and scientific approach.

Keywords:   international social policy, academic research, poverty, anti-poverty policies, UN, EU, international financial agencies

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