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Hunger and Public Action

Amartya Sen (Author) Jean Dre'ze (Author)
Synopsis This book presents an analysis of the enduring problem of hunger in the modern world, and of the role of public action in meeting this challenge. Public action is understood to involve not only the activities of the state, but also those of opposition parties, civic organizations and the public at large. Drawing on a wealth of case studies, the authors discuss a wide range of issues relating to the eradication of hunger and famines, including the economic, social and political antecedents of world hunger, the relation between nutritional deprivation and human well-being, the strategy of famine prevention, the connections between economic growth and public support, the influence of class and gender conflicts, the role of adversarial politics, and the relationship between state action and public action. This scholarly and insightful study will be of much interest to social scientists, policy-makers, development experts and all those concerned with the eradication of hunger and deprivation in the modern world.
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About the authors

Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor at Harvard. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1998-2004. His most recent books are Development as Freedom and Rationality and Freedom. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Jean Dre'ze

Jean Dre'ze is Honorary Professor, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.

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Title Hunger and Public Action
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195632915
length 373p.