Poverty, Participation, and Democracy
A Global Perspective
Edited by Anirudh Krishna
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Poverty, Participation, and Democracy by Anirudh Krishna
Book DescriptionFor too long a conventional wisdom has held sway, suggesting that poor people in poor countries are not supportive of democracy and that democracies will be sustained only after a certain average level of wealth has been achieved. Evidence from 24 diverse countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America examined in this volume shows how poor people do not value democracy any less than their richer counterparts. Their faith in democracy is as high as that of other citizens, and they participate in democratic activities as much as their richer counterparts. Democracy is not likely to be unstable or unwelcome simply because poverty is widespread. Political attitudes and participation levels are unaffected by relative wealth. Education, rather than income or wealth, makes for more committed and engaged democratic citizens. Investments in education will make a critical difference for stabilizing and strengthening democracy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521504454
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Anirudh Krishna
One Illness Away, Paperback (June 2011)
This book presents the first large-scale examination of the reasons why people fall into poverty and how they escape it in diverse contexts. It draws on personal interviews with 35,000 households in India, Kenya, Uganda, Peru, and the United States.
Poverty, Participation, and Democracy, Paperback (July 2008)
Evidence from 24 countries shows that political attitudes and participation levels are unaffected by relative wealth.
Active Social Capital, Paperback (July 2002)» View all books by Anirudh Krishna
The idea of social capital allows scholars to assess the quality of relationships among people within a particular community and show how that quality affects the ability to achieve shared goals. With evidence collected from 69 villages in India, Krishna investigates what social capital is, how it operates in practice, and what results it can be expected to produce.
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Author Biography - Anirudh Krishna
Anirudh Krishna (Ph.D. in government, Cornell, 2000; master's in economics, Delhi, 1980) is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University. His research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness. Previous books include Active Social Capital: Tracing the Roots of Development and Democracy (2002); Changing Policy and Practice from Below: Community Experiences in Poverty Reduction (2000); Reasons for Success: Learning from Instructive Experiences in Rural Development (1998); and Reasons for Hope: Instructive Experiences in Rural Development (1997). His articles have appeared in a variety of journals, winning the American Political Science Association's prize for best article on comparative democratization in 2002 and the Dudley Seers Memorial Prize in 2005.
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