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Christina Pantazis and David Gordon

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861341464

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861341464.001.0001

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Ending world poverty in the 21st century

Ending world poverty in the 21st century

(p.211) Ten Ending world poverty in the 21st century
Tackling inequalities

Peter Townsend

Policy Press

This chapter considers how world poverty might be abolished in the new millennium. Rapid technological change and globalisation have transformed the world economy at an unprecedented pace, but the benefits are being enjoyed by the rich and strong rather than the weak and poor. The process of global ‘trickle-down’ has failed to close the gap between wealthy and poor countries, while inequalities within countries also continue to widen. The chapter discusses issues relating to the meaning and measurement of poverty and shows how the 1995 World Summit on Social Development, which incorporates overall and absolute definitions of poverty as a way to bridge the ‘First’ and ‘Third’ Worlds, has been a significant breakthrough in this context. It argues that there is an urgent need for international social policies involving investment in jobs and the reorganisation of the public and private sectors.

Keywords:   world poverty, world economy, globalisation, technological change, social development

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