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Hunger and Public Action

Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen


This book analyses the role of public action in solving the problem of hunger in the modern world. The study is divided into four parts. The first, making extensive use of the concepts of entitlements and capabilities explores the interaction of nutritional, economic, social, and political elements and their influence on hunger and deprivation. The problem of famine prevention is the main focus of the second part, with special attention given to Africa and India. The third part is devoted to the issue of fighting chronic undernourishment and the lessons to be learnt from the policies of China, ... More

Keywords: capability, chronic undernourishment, deprivation, entitlements, famine, hunger, public action, social security

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198283652
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198283652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean Drèze, author
Delhi School of Economics
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Amartya Sen, author
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