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Social Security in Developing Countries

Ehtisham Ahmad, Jean Drèze, John Hills, and Amartya Sen


The term ‘social security’ has a very different meaning in underdeveloped countries and is best understood as poverty alleviation. This book attempts to define social security in the Third World and to examine what sorts of programmes are most suitable for developing countries. It reviews current literature on the subject. Some chapters explore broad themes; others describe social security provisions in various regions in India, China, Latin America, and Southern Africa. Western systems are compared and broad assessments made of the traditional social security systems in Third World village so ... More

Keywords: social security, underdeveloped countries, poverty alleviation, Third World, developing countries, western systems, village societies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198233008
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198233008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ehtisham Ahmad, editor
International Monetary Fund

Jean Drèze, editor
Delhi School of Economics
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John Hills, editor
London School of Economics Welfare State Programme
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