The Political Economy of Poverty, Equity and Growth: A Comparative Study: A Comparative Study by Deepak LalThe Political Economy of Poverty, Equity and Growth: A Comparative Study: A Comparative Study by Deepak Lal

The Political Economy of Poverty, Equity and Growth: A Comparative Study: A Comparative Study

byDeepak Lal, H. Myint

Paperback | August 1, 1998

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This wide-ranging and innovative book synthesises the findings of a major international study of the political economy of poverty, equity, and growth. It is based primarily on analytical economic histories of 21 developing countries from 1950 to 1985, but also takes account of the widerliterature on the subject. The authors take an ambitious interdisciplinary approach to identify patterns in the interplay of initial conditions, instiuttions, interests, and ideas which can help to explain the different growth and poverty alleviation outcomes in the Third World. Three different types of poverty are distinguished, based on their causes, and a more nebulous idea of equityin contrast to egalitarianismis shown to have influenced policy. Since growth is found to be the major means of alleviating mass structural poverty, much of the book is concerned withdiscovering explanations for policies which are found to be the most important influences on the proximate causes of growth. Lal and Mynt also consider the available evidence on the role of direct transferspublic and privatein alleviating destitution and conjunctural poverty. The Political Economy of Poverty, Equity, and Growth develops a novel framework for the comparative analysis of different growth outcomes. This framework distinguishes between the different relative factor endowments of land, labour, and capital, and between the different organizational structuresof pesent versus plantation and mining economies. It also differentiates between the polities of 'autonomous' and 'factional' states in the countries studied, breaking the analysis down into further typological subdivisions and providing important new insights into the differing behaviour ofeconomies that are rich in natural resources and those with abundant labour. These insights constitute a richer explanation for the divergent developmental outcomes in East Asia compared with Latin America and Africa. The evidence collated is used to argue for the continuing relevance of the classical liberal viewpoint on public policies for development, and to show why, even so, nationalist ideologies are likely to be adopted and lead to cycles of interventionism and liberalism. The evidence is also used toprovide an explanation for the surprising current worldwide Age of Reform.

About The Author

Deepak Lal is at University of California, Los Angeles. H. Myint is at London School of Economics.

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Title:The Political Economy of Poverty, Equity and Growth: A Comparative Study: A Comparative StudyFormat:PaperbackPublished:August 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198294328

ISBN - 13:9780198294320

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Poverty, Equity, and Growth2. Aggregate Growth Outcomes3. Country Profiles4. The Role of Institutions and Organizations5. Instability and Growth6. The Polity and Economic Performance7. Ideas, Ideology, and Economic Policy8. Perspective on Economic Policy9. Income Transfers and Poverty Redressal10. On Fostering Poverty: Redressing Growth

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`The insights gained constitute a richer explanation for the divergent development outcomes in East Asia compared with Latin America and Africa.'Oxfam: Review of Journals