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Rich Democracies, Poor People: How Politics Explain Poverty 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0195385918
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"With this book, David Brady punctures a number of American myths about the causes of poverty in a sophisticated and highly accessible way. Brady finds that welfare state generosity and its political antecedents ultimately drive variations in levels of poverty--thus, poverty, he argues, is a result of political choice. Brady's book is essential reading for scholars and policy makers interested in poverty in the United States and other affluent democracies."--John D. Stephens, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"David Brady has written a masterful book on understanding how such a wide variation in poverty can exist in rich, democratic societies. This is indeed an abundant resource for understanding and explaining the institutions and politics that perpetually affect differing levels of poverty and inequality across multiple welfare states. It will stand as the definitive explanation of institutional variation in poverty for political economists and sociologists for a long time to come."--Timothy Smeeding, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Rich Democracies, Poor People uses a comprehensive framework to explain variations in poverty across developed societies. It makes an important contribution toward understanding the linkage between welfare state politics and poverty."
--International Journal of Social Welfare

"Brady's book sits squarely in the mainstream of current poverty research and is the most incisive, most informative, and most comprehensive treatment of that research published to date. This book belongs in every academic library and in as many classrooms as possible."
--International Journal of Comparative Sociology

"Rich Democracies, Poor People is a carefully-conceived adroitly-executed, and emintely-accessible piece of scholarship that will shape the fields of poverty studies and political sociology for years to come." --Contemporary Sociology

About the Author

David Brady is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Duke University and is a widely-published author of articles on poverty, inequality, and globalization.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195385918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195385915
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brady has expertise in sociology, political science and public policy, and all these ingredients blend together beautifully in this book. As his work often does, Brady's 'Rich Democracies, Poor People' provides a thorough, in-depth, political explanation for a social phenomenon from a macro, cross-national perspective. Of particular note is the second chapter on Brady's suggestions for revisions to the measurement of poverty--this is a must read for any social scientist interested in poverty and cross-nationally comparative research.
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This is one of most poorly-written books I've ever read in my life! The author does little to drive home the point of the thesis and relies too much on studies and other works to make what amounts to a luke-warm, passionless never ending bore! I selected this for my book club because I wanted to delve into the topic of poverty but ended up apologizing for subjecting them to such a poor work.
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