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Against the odds : politicians, institutions and the struggle against poverty /
Marcus Andre Melo, Njuguna Ng'ethe and James Manor.
imprint
London : Hurst & Co., 2012.
description
xi, 221 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
1849041199 (pbk.), 9781849041195 (pbk.)
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imprint
London : Hurst & Co., 2012.
isbn
1849041199 (pbk.)
9781849041195 (pbk.)
contents note
Introduction -- Yoweri Museveni in Uganda: constructing a state to tackle "backwardness" and poverty -- Digvijay Singh in Madhya Pradesh, India: augmenting institutions to promote inclusion and the capacity of the poor -- Fernando Henrique Cardoso in Brazil: reforming institutions to fortify social policy -- Conclusion.
catalogue key
8434846
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-216) and index.
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'Against the Odds' is a Machiavellian study of the machinations of three senior politicians in quite different developing countries who adroitly played the tough political game in ways that reduced poverty.
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Against the Odds is a Machiavellian study of the machinations of three senior politicians in quite different developing countries who adroitly played the tough political game in ways that reduced poverty. The three - former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, and Chief Minister Digvijay Singh in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh - had scarcely heard of one another, and never communicated. And yet they used a broadly similar repertoire of political devices - persuasion, distractions, bargaining, stealth and pressure - to pursue broadly similar goals. They demonstrated two crucial things: poverty reduction is politically feasible, even in the teeth of daunting economic and political constraints; and it is politically beneficial to those who achieve it, since it enhances their popularity, legitimacy and influence. If leaders in other developing countries who are naturally preoccupied with their own political interests recognise these things, then serious efforts to reduce poverty will become more common elsewhere. This book is, unusually, the work of three well-known political scientists from Brazil, Kenya and Britain - each of whom specialises in one of the three countries that are analysed. After extensive field research, they engaged in detailed comparative discussions that impart greater coherence to Against the Odds, especially its conclusions.

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