Poverty, inequality, and democracy / edited by Francis Fukuyama, Larry Diamond, and Marc F. Plattner.

by Diamond, Larry JayLooking glass; Fukuyama, FrancisLooking glass; Plattner, Marc F., 1945-Looking glass.

Series: Journal of democracy book: Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2012]Description: xxiv, 185 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 1421405709; 9781421405704.Subject(s): Democracy -- Economic aspectsLooking glass | EqualityLooking glass
Contents:
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.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

CHOICE Review

This book is a collection of articles that appeared in the Journal of Democracy from 2008 through 2011, prefaced with a comparative introduction by Marc F. Plattner. It thus follows in the long tradition of such collections published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Starting from the phenomenon of growing inequality in much of the world, the book looks at the difference between poverty and inequality and the political effects of each of these on democracy, including the rise of authoritarian populism. The book is not about the advanced industrial democracies, but rather most of the rest of the world: eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and especially Latin America. The Middle East is noted only in passing. The book is not merely descriptive about levels of poverty and inequality; it includes analysis of policies to mitigate these problems, such as targeted social programs like conditional cash transfers. Indeed, the book notes that welfare states of varying degrees also can be found in the developing world, and it serves as a useful introduction to these in specific countries. Recommended for students of developing nations in general and Latin America in particular. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. A. Siaroff University of Lethbridge

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Larry Diamond is senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he directs the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Marc F. Plattner is vice president for research and studies at the National Endowment for Democracy. Plattner and Diamond are coeditors of the Journal of Democracy.

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