New Edition of From Poverty to Power by Duncan Green Includes Arab Spring and Climate Change
The twenty-first century will be defined by the fight against the scourges of poverty, inequality, and the threat of environmental collapse – just as the fight against slavery or for universal suffrage defined earlier eras.
Rooted in decades of Oxfam’s experience across the developing world, From Poverty to Power argues that it requires a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets to break the cycle of poverty and inequality and to give poor people power over their own destinies. The forces driving this transformation are active citizens and effective states.
Because people living in poverty must have a voice in deciding their own destiny, fighting for rights and justice in their own society, and holding the state and private sector to account, there is a need for active citizens and effective states because history shows that no country has prospered without a state structure than can actively manage the development process.
There is now an added urgency in addition to the moral case for tackling poverty and inequality: climate change. We need to build a secure, fair, and sustainable world within the limits set by scarce resources and ecological realities. This book argues that leaders, organisations, and individuals need to act together, while there is still time.
How does the Second Edition differ from the first, published in 2008?
The book has been updated throughout with the latest statistics and with a new section summarising the human impact of the global financial and food price chaos of the last five years. It looks at new thinking and research in relation to the Arab Spring and climate change. It also incorporates large amounts of analysis from the blog of the same name, which was launched in 2008 to promote the first edition, but rapidly acquired a life (and readership) of its own.
About the Author
Duncan Green is the author of From Poverty to Power and Oxfam GB’s Senior Strategic Adviser. He was Oxfam’s Head of Research from 2004–12. From Poverty to Power contains the accumulated knowledge of 25 years spent researching and writing about reducing poverty and combating injustice and, as he says, trying to “do justice to the complexity of the world, while still believing there is a story about how it can be changed for the better”.