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Inclusive growth at city-region level: a perspective from Greater Manchester

Ruth Lupton

Greater Manchester is an important test-bed for how inclusive growth can be put into practice at a local level The Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit (IGAU) was established in January 2016 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and The University of Manchester, as part of JRF’s work on cities, growth and poverty, and the University’s new Urban Institute and wider efforts … Continue reading

28 February 2017 by
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What is the capabilities approach capable of?

Graham Harrison

Sen’s capabilities approach is not interested in poverty reduction through economic transformation. We should recognise it as a normative theory of well-being, not a social theory of change In development studies, the ‘capabilities approach’ has experienced a remarkable rise in popularity over the last decade or so.  It has refocused our interest in the political economy of poverty reduction away … Continue reading

10 October 2016 by
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When work doesn’t work

Sophie Moullin

The left’s focus on full employment fails to address the realities of work and family in the twenty-first century ‘The clue is in the name’, Ed Miliband said, Labour is ‘the party of work’.  The previous UK Labour party leader fought the 2015 general election on a manifesto that promised ‘to reward hard work’.  Yet soon after the election one … Continue reading

20 July 2016 by
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Rwanda: an agrarian developmental state?

Graham Harrison

‘Getting the politics right’ in smallholder agriculture is an important first step in Rwanda’s development, but it needs to be sustained for a generation At the heart of the burgeoning literature on Rwanda is the country’s rapid economic growth since the early 2000s, and its accompaniment by a raft of other encouraging development statistics.  GDP per capita has grown from … Continue reading

23 July 2015 by
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The American economy at mid-term

David Coates

The numbers don’t reflect the reality and give no cause for crowing over the Eurozone It is mid-term season in America: time for the Administration to talk up the strengths of the economy.  The President did so a week ago, wanting ‘people to know that there are some really good things happening in America’.  And, since in economic terms it … Continue reading

28 October 2014 by
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From MDGs to … SDGs

Gail Hurley

The world has drafted a spectacular new ‘to-do’ list of Sustainable Development Goals Following two years of deliberations at the UN in New York, UN ambassadors have proposed seventeen ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (or SDGs) to replace the old Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire at the end of 2015.  The final agreement will come next year. So what’s in … Continue reading

14 October 2014 by
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Zero Hunger Britain

Ben Richardson

Brazil’s Zero Hunger programme is being adopted in countries around the world: why not Britain too? Tony Payne has argued that ‘we’re all developing countries now’. One corollary of this is that the pretension of an international policy hierarchy must be dropped. No longer should it be assumed that the best ways to address key developmental challenges have already been … Continue reading

8 May 2014 by
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Paul Ryan as the Prince of Paupers

David Coates

The hard-nosed approach to poverty from the American Right is a threat to long-term democratic stability in the United States Given the scale and depth of poverty in the United States, it is not surprising that periodically debates about it should surface in Washington DC. What is more surprising is that the issue of poverty is not permanently centre-stage. It … Continue reading

15 April 2014 by
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Food banks and welfare reform

Hannah Lambie-Mumford

A ‘right to food’ approach can help to determine ultimate responsibility for preventing hunger Last week the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into hunger and food poverty was launched and today, the terms of reference will be finalised at a research summit in Portcullis House. The question of what is driving demand for food banks is likely to be prominent. The … Continue reading

9 April 2014 by
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America’s War on Poverty, America’s War on the Poor

David Coates

Fifty years after Lyndon Johnson’s vision, American politicians desperately need to reinvigorate the stalled campaign against poverty January 2014 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the State of the Union Address in which Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty. This anniversary is leading to much soul-searching here in the United States. Partly that soul-searching reflects the high levels of poverty … Continue reading

14 January 2014 by
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