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Poverty in the South and in the North

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This article presents statistics and literature on poverty and inequality in and between the South and North. The main discussion is focused on identifying which years poverty and inequality increased in the UK and US, and to give some tentative reasons for this. The objectives are to show the difference in the use of the term ‘poverty’, the magnitude of ‘poverties’ in various parts of the world, and the consequences of government policies in the North. The experiences of particularly the UK and US contain lessons that may be useful for policy formation to alleviate poverty and inequality in the South.

Keywords: development in practice; development studies; development theory; post-developmentalism; postmodernism

Document Type: Review Article


Affiliations: Oslo University

Publication date: December 1, 1997

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