The resource curse is a complex problem that affects a great many. It has rightly occupied an important place in debates about global justice. Many proposed solutions look to creating economic incentives and making international trade conditional upon governance reform. We should add to this list the need for constitutional change, too.
Poverty and Morality: Religious and Secular Perspectives, Edited by William A. Galston and Peter H. Hoffenberg
Covering the six major religious traditions and such secular perspectives as classical liberalism, contemporary liberal egalitarianism, Marxism, and feminism, this book offers a valuable collection of articles for understanding the normative dimensions of poverty.
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BY THOMAS POGGE AND LUIS CABRERA. What contributions can be made by academics to combat poverty?
This article attempts to extract what we know and have learned about how best to accelerate the process of reducing extreme poverty, including what does not work; how academics from outside the professional development community might effectively contribute to the faster or more effective eradication of global poverty; and the types of antipoverty organizations that concerned individuals might support.
In this article I propose to explore two issues. The first concerns what kinds of contributions academics can make to reducing poverty. I argue that academics can contribute in a number of ways, and I seek to spell out the diversity of the options available. My second aim is to outline some norms that should inform any academic involvement in activities that seek to reduce poverty.