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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
The rise of populism in new democracies, especially in Latin America, has brought renewed urgency to the question of how liberal democracy deals with issues of poverty and inequality. Citizens who feel that democracy failed to improve their economic condition are often vulnerable to the appeal of political leaders with authoritarian tendencies. To counteract this trend, liberal democracies must establish policies that will reduce socioeconomic disparities without violating liberal principles, interfering with economic growth, or ignoring the consensus of the people.
Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy addresses the complicated philosophical and moral issues surrounding the distribution of economic goods in free societies as well as the empirical relationships between democratization and trends in poverty and inequality. This volume also discusses the variety of welfare-state policies that have been adopted in different regions of the world.
The book's distinguished group of contributors provides a succinct synthesis of the scholarship on this topic. They address such broad issues as whether democracy promotes inequality, the socioeconomic factors that drive democratic failure, and the basic choices that societies must make as they decide how to deal with inequality. Chapters focus on particular regions or countries, examining how problems of poverty and inequality have been handled (or mishandled) by newer democracies in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy will prove vital reading for all students of world politics, political economy, and democracy's global prospects.
Contributors: Dan Banik, Nancy Bermeo, Dorothee Bohle, Nathan Converse, Alberto Díaz-Cayeros, Francis Fukuyama, Béla Greskovits, Stephan Haggard, Ethan B. Kapstein, Robert R. Kaufman, Taekyoon Kim, Huck-Ju Kwon, Jooha Lee, Peter Lewis, Beatriz Magaloni, Mitchell A. Orenstein, Marc F. Plattner, Charles Simkins, Alejandro Toledo, Ilcheong Yi
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- What are the issues? -- Dealing with inequality / Francis Fukuyama -- Does electoral democracy boost economic equality? / Nancy Bermeo -- Why democracies fail / Ethan B. Kapstein and Nathan Converse -- Latin America: democracy with development / Alejandro Toledo -- The Latin American experience / Francis Fukuyama -- Aiding Latin America's poor / Alberto Díaz-Cayeros and Beatriz Magaloni -- Postcommunist welfare states / Mitchell A. Orenstein -- East-Central Europe's quandary / Dorothee Bohle and Béla Greskovits -- How regions differ / Stephan Haggard and Robert R. Kaufman -- Growth without prosperity in Africa / Peter Lewis -- South African disparities / Charles Simkins -- Growth and hunger in India / Dan Banik -- Mixed governance and welfare in South Korea / Taekyoon Kim, Huck-Ju Kwon, Jooha Lee, and Ilcheong Yi.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- Acknowledgments (p. vii)
- Introduction (p. ix)
- I What Are the Issues?
- 1 Dealing with Inequality (p. 3)
- 2 Does Electoral Democracy Boost Economic Equality? (p. 14)
- 3 Why Democracies Fail (p. 29)
- 4 Latin America: Democracy with Development (p. 41)
- II Latin America and Eastern Europe
- 5 The Latin American Experience Francis Fukuyama (p. 51)
- 6 Aiding Latin America's Poor (p. 62)
- 7 Postcommunist Welfare States (p. 76)
- 8 East-Central Europe's Quandary Dorothee Bohle and Béla Greskovits (p. 91)
- 9 How Regions Differ (p. 105)
- III Africa and Asia
- 10 Growth Without Prosperity in Africa Peter Lewis (p. 123)
- 11 South African Disparities (p. 138)
- 12 Growth and Hunger in India (p. 153)
- 13 "Mixed Governance" and Welfare in South Korea (p. 168)
- Index (p. 183)