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The poverty of nations: a relational perspective.

Spicker, Paul


Paul Spicker


In this persuasive study, social welfare and policy expert Paul Spicker makes a case for a relational view of poverty. Poverty is much more than a lack of resources. It involves a complex set of social relationships, such as economic disadvantage, insecurity or a lack of rights. These relational elements tell us what poverty is – what it consists of, what poor people are experiencing, and what problems need to be addressed. This book examines poverty in the context of the economy, society and the political community, considering how states can respond to issues of inequality, exclusion and powerlessness. Drawing on examples of social policy in both rich and poor countries, this is an accessible contribution to the debate about the nature of poverty and responses to it.


SPICKER, P. 2020. The poverty of nations: a relational perspective. Bristol: Policy Press [online]. Available from:

Book Type Monograph
Online Publication Date Mar 11, 2020
Publication Date Mar 11, 2020
Deposit Date Jan 26, 2021
Publicly Available Date Mar 12, 2022
Publisher Policy Press
ISBN 9781447343325 ; 9781447343332
Keywords Poverty; Economy; Economic development; Rights; Social policy; Inequality; Exclusion; State
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Additional Information This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of chapter 1 of The poverty of nations. Details of the definitive published version and how to purchase it are available online at:


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