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Rich Democracies, Poor People: How Politics Explain Poverty

David Brady


This book advances a political argument for poverty. This argument is developed from explaining cross-national and historical variation in poverty across affluent democracies since the late 1960s. Specifically, institutionalized power relations theory is proposed as an explanation to counter the individualism that prevails in contemporary poverty scholarship. The book also develops arguments for how poverty should be conceptualized and measured, and offers a comprehensive study of poverty in affluent democracies. A variety of analyses are conduced to explain variation in poverty and to represe ... More

Keywords: inequality, politics, welfare state, institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195385878
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385878.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Brady, author
Duke University
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