From Poverty to Power
How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World
Edition: 2

Foreword by Amartya Sen
Paper: 978 1 85339 741 7 / $37.95
Published: November 2012  

Cloth: 978 1 85339 740 0 / $79.95
Published: November 2012  

Publisher: Practical Action
490 pp., 6 3/4" x 9 1/4"
Seismic events have convulsed global markets since 2008, when this book was first published, and world news has been full of stories reflecting a profound sense of uncertainty about global futures. In response, this new edition of From Poverty to Power has been fully revised and now includes a new chapter with an in-depth analysis of the human impact of the global financial and food crises.

From Poverty to Power argues that a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets rather than traditional models of charitable or government aid is required to break the cycle of poverty and inequality. The forces driving this transformation are active citizens and effective states.

Why active citizens? Because people living in poverty must have a voice in deciding their own destiny and holding the state and the private sector to account. Why effective states? Because history shows that no country has prospered without a state structure than can actively manage the development process.

There is now an added urgency: climate change. We need to build a secure, fair, and sustainable world within the limits set by scarce resources and ecological realities.

Table of Contents:
Foreword - Amartya Sen
Foreword to Second Edition - Duncan Green

Part 1: Introduction: The unequal world

Part 2: Power and Politics
The political roots of development • I believe therefore I am • I read therefore I a • I surf therefore I am • We organize therefore we are • I own therefore I am • I vote therefore I am • I steal therefore I am: Natural resources, corruption, and development • I rule therefore I am • From poverty to power

Case Studies: A revolution for Bolivia’s Chiquitano people • Winning women’s rights in Morocco

Part 3: Poverty and wealth: The role of markets in development
An economics for the 21st century • Living off the land • The changing world of work • Private sector, public interest • Going for growth • Sustainable markets

Case Studies: African success stories: Botswana and Mauritius • The fishing communities of Tikamgarh

Part 4: Human Security: Managing risk and vulnerability
Living with risk • Social protection • Finance and vulnerability • Hunger and famine • HIV, and AIDS, and other health risks • The risk of natural disaster • Climate change: Mitigation, adaptation, organisation • Living on the edge: Africa's pastoralists • Violence and conflict • Shocks and change

Case Studies: South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign • India’s campaign for a National Rural Employment Guarantee

Part 5: The International System
Who rules the world? • The international financial system • The international trading system • The international aid system • International Rules and Norms • The interantional system for humanitarian relief and peace • Climate change • Global governance in the 21st century

Case Studies: Landmines, an arms control success story • The 2005 Gleneagles agreements

Part 6: How History Happens: The Food and Financial Crises of 2008-11

Conclusion: A new deal for a new century

Reviews & Endorsements:
"In telling us what can be achieved by ordinary people through organised action, this book generates hope even as it enhances understanding of what is involved in the removal of poverty."
- Amrtya Sen
"From Poverty to Power has been fully revised and updated in this new second edition, and argues that a radical redistribution of power, opportunities and assets is required to make any real, meaningful dent in the cycles of poverty and inequality. It will take active citizens to drive this change, because those living in poverty need a voice in determining their own future and it also takes effective state structures to see this change move beyond the ideal process to full development and deployment. Climate change only adds a sense of urgency to matters, and all are considered in this wide-ranging, college-level analysis of the human impact of global financial and food crises, highly recommended for any social and political studies collection."
- Book Review Index , California Bookwatch