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The Poverty of NationsA Relational Perspective$
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Paul Spicker

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447343325

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447343325.001.0001

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Poverty in national perspective

Poverty in national perspective

(p.111) 8 Poverty in national perspective
The Poverty of Nations

Paul Spicker

Policy Press

There was a time when nearly all economic and political analysis would have been done in national terms. Some commentators have been critical of ‘methodological nationalism’ – thinking that is bounded by the constraints of the nation-state. Many of the patterns of poverty considered in this book cut across nations. However, if we want to understand the nature of poverty, the reasons for it and the options to respond to it, it is hardly possible to do that without considering the poverty of nations. Countries define the scope for legitimate social action, the limits of social responsibility and the effective means of achieving social ends.

Keywords:   Poverty, Methodological nationalism, Comparative social policy, Nation states, Political community

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