UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Working Papers

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New Thinking on Poverty

Implications for Globalisation and Poverty Reduction Strategies You or your institution have access to this content

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Author(s):
Paul Shaffer
28 Feb 2008
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No.:
65
Pages:
36
http://dx.doi.org/10.18356/fe71a2ba-en

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Three main changes in thinking about poverty have gained increasing currency over the past decade. First, the concept of poverty has broadened, with increasing attention to issues of vulnerability, inequality and human rights. Second, the causal structure has broadened to include causal variables, such as social, political, cultural, coercive and environmental capital. Third, the causal structure has deepened to focus on flows of individuals into and out of poverty, rather than on changes in the stock of poverty, and on strategies of social protection versus poverty reduction. The paper reviews these changes and their implications for globalisation and policy.
Keywords:
poverty, social protection, Globalisation, poverty reduction strategies, vulnerability, inequality
JEL Classification:
  • I32: Health, Education, and Welfare / Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty / Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
  • O10: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Development / Economic Development: General
  • O15: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Development / Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
  • O19: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Development / International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations