"One of the most intellectually rigorous and empiricallywell-informed works of political philosophy yet written on worldpoverty. (A) brilliant work." James Grant, Australian Journal of Political Science
"A triumph of cosmopolitan argumentation for a global system ofjustice. This book has been, and will remain, a standard for allstudents of poverty and human rights."
Human Rights Review
"If only everyone living in affluent nations were to readWorld Poverty and Human Rights! Pogge's combination ofrigorous moral argument and judicious use of the relevant factscompels us to acknowledge that the existing global economic orderis ethically indefensible. A wonderful book that could do animmense amount of good."
"One of the very best books known to me on global inequality,the most important moral problem facing the world today. Poggeshows convincingly how we, and the institutions we support, canbest try to make the present world order less unjust. Theseproposals combine, in a remarkable way, moral depth, clearthinking, inventiveness, and practical good sense."
Derek Parfit, All Souls College, Oxford
"Pogge's gift is to recognize as imaginary the boundariesbetween economics and ethics. A striking example is thehistorically derived and currently dysfunctional way we applypatents for medicines. With simplicity and clarity, Pogge offers ananalysis without villains, a remedy without losers and a practicalpath to fundamental reform."
Carl Nathan, Cornell University
From the Back Cover
Some 2.5 billion human beings live in severe poverty, deprived ofsuch essentials as adequate nutrition, safe drinking water, basicsanitation, adequate shelter, literacy, and basic health care. Onethird of all human deaths are from poverty-related causes: 18million annually, including over 10 million children under five.
However huge in human terms, the world poverty problem is tinyeconomically. Just 1 percent of the national incomes of thehigh-income countries would suffice to end severe povertyworldwide. Yet, these countries, unwilling to bear an opportunitycost of this magnitude, continue to impose a grievously unjustglobal institutional order that foreseeably and avoidablyperpetuates the catastrophe. Most citizens of affluent countriesbelieve that we are doing nothing wrong.
Thomas Pogge seeks to explain how this belief is sustained. Heanalyses how our moral and economic theorizing and our globaleconomic order have adapted to make us appear disconnected frommassive poverty abroad. Dispelling the illusion, he also offers amodest, widely sharable standard of global economic justice andmakes detailed, realistic proposals toward fulfilling it.
Thoroughly updated, the second edition of this classic bookincorporates responses to critics and a new chapter introducingPogge's current work on pharmaceutical patent reform.