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Poverty and the Law

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ISBN13: 9781841131900
ISBN: 1841131903
Published: April 2001
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Format: Hardback
Price: £71.00



A collection of essays focusing attention on the global impact of legal policies on levels of poverty. They illustrate the distinct dimensions of poverty in a range of different political and cultural settings and also show how poverty is exacerbated by quite discrete local cultural factors in some instances. There is, nonetheless, a universal element which runs through all the contributions. The fate of those who are disadvantaged in society depends crucially on their access to goods through the world of work. Thus gender, ethnic background or disability can result in individuals having a much higher chance of experiencing poverty than those outwith these groups and the success of these groups in achieving a measure of prosperity is bound up with a multiplicity of geographical and political factors.

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Contents:
Introduction - the rights of the poor - conceptual issues, Paul Spicker.
Part 1 The experience of poverty: the law and the poor - institutional support and economic need in Italy, Yuri Kazepov; strategies for police accountability and community empowerment, Ross Hastings and R.P. Saunders.
Part 2 Strategies to confront poverty: poverty, social exclusion and the impact of selected legal measures against caste discrimination in South Asia, Kalinga Tudor Silva and Ajith Hettihewage; disability and poverty in the United Kingdom, Peter Robson and Nicola Loughran.
Part 3 Access to justice for the poor: the development of the notion of poverty and the equal protection clauses - a comparative analysis of Italy and the United States, Antonella Mameli; substantive justice and procedural fairness in social security - the UK experience, Michael Adler.
Part 4 Overviews: the rule of law and poverty reduction - some issues, Helene Grandvoinnet; an army of ideas - marginalization, indigenous rights and civil society in Mexico since the Zapatista rebellion, Camilo Perez-Bustillo; appendix - CROP publications.