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Human Development In The Era Of Globalization

Essays in Honor of Keith B. Griffin
Edited by James K. Boyce, Professor of Economics and Program Director for Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US, Stephen Cullenberg, Professor of Economics, Prasanta K. Pattanaik, Professor of Economics, University of California, Riverside, US and Robert Pollin, Professor and founding Co-Director, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, US
Honoring Keith Griffin’s more than 40 years of fundamental contributions to the discipline of economics, the papers in this volume reflect his deep commitment to advancing the well-being of the world’s poor majority and his unflinching willingness to question conventional wisdom as to how this should be done.
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Honoring Keith Griffin’s more than 40 years of fundamental contributions to the discipline of economics, the papers in this volume reflect his deep commitment to advancing the well-being of the world’s poor majority and his unflinching willingness to question conventional wisdom as to how this should be done.

Four overarching themes recur in Keith Griffin’s work and this book: the need to both eradicate poverty and redress inequalities in the distribution of wealth within and among nations; the impact of growth on inequality, and conversely inequality’s impact on growth; the political economy of policy-making; and the need for openness to heterogeneity in both analytic tools and in policy recommendations. The volume begins with an introduction by the editors followed by a paper by Keith Griffin. In succeeding chapters the contributors explore strategies for reducing poverty and inequality, and provide perspectives on issues such as human development, the rural/urban divide in China, and biodiversity and sustainability.

Students, researchers, policymakers and NGO analysts exploring issues in development economics, development studies, alternative economic systems, globalization, environmental sustainability, inequality and well-being will find this book of great interest.
‘. . . it is this reviewer’s opinion that the papers in this volume are of a very high scientific standard. Those professionals and graduate students who want to enter the area of economic development in a serious way will find this volume extremely useful.’
– Theodore P. Lianos, South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics

‘This volume provides a very high quality set of papers on the relationship between globalization and human development. . . any one with interest in this wide ranging subject matter would find the volume an interesting and engaging read.’
– Global Business Review
Contributors: A. Berry, J.K. Boyce, M.D. Brenner, A. Chakrabarti, S. Cullenberg, D. Elson, M. wa Gîthînji, K.B. Griffin, S.M. Helfand, A.R. Khan, J. Knight, E.S. Levine, V.D. Lippit, T. McKinley, P.K. Pattanaik, C. Perrings, R. Pollin, C. Riskin, B. Sen, L. Shi, R. Sobhan, L. Song, B. Sutcliffe
Contents:

Introduction
James K. Boyce, Stephen Cullenberg, Prasanta K. Pattanaik and Robert Pollin

A Witness of Two Revolutions
Keith B. Griffin

PART I: PERSPECTIVES ON CHINESE DEVELOPMENT
1. The Fall in Chinese Poverty: Issues of Measurement, Incidence and Cause
Carl Riskin

2. The Rural–Urban Divide and the Evaluation of Political Economy in China
John Knight, Li Shi and Lina Song

3. Socialist Fetters? Land Tenure and Economic Growth in Post-Mao Rural China
Mark D. Brenner

PART II: AGRICULTURE AND RURAL POVERTY
4. A Future for Small Farms? Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture
James K. Boyce

5. The Impact of Policy Reforms on Rural Poverty in Brazil: Evidence from Three States in the 1990s
Steven M. Helfand and Edward S. Levine

6. Has Columbia Finally Found an Agrarian Reform that Works?
Albert Berry

PART III: DIMENSIONS OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
7. Death and Development
Bob Sutcliffe

8. On Comparing Functioning Bundles and Capability Sets
Prasanta K. Pattanaik

9. Environment, Poverty and Development
Charles Perrings

PART IV: GLOBALIZATION AND INEQUALITY
10. Globalization and the Transition to Egalitarian Development
Robert Pollin

11. Gender Equality, Public Finance and Globalization
Diane Elson

12. Class Transition in the Age of Globalization: Examples from the Rural Sectors in India and Kenya
Anjan Chakrabarti, Stephen Cullenberg and Mwangi wa Gîthînji

13. What Will Become of the Welfare State?
Victor D. Lippit

PART V: STRATEGIES FOR REDUCING POVERTY AND INEQUALITY
14. The Structure and Distribution of Personal Income and Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Bangladesh During the 1990s
Azizur Rahman Khan and Binayak Sen

15. Poverty as Injustice: Refocusing the Policy Agenda
Rehman Sobhan

16. Economic Policies and Poverty Reduction in Asia and the Pacific: Alternatives to Neoliberalism
Terry McKinley

Appendix: Curriculum Vitae for Professor Keith B. Griffin

Index