M. Riad El-Ghonemy's Affluence and Poverty in the Middle East PDF

By M. Riad El-Ghonemy

ISBN-10: 0203016726

ISBN-13: 9780203016725

ISBN-10: 0415100321

ISBN-13: 9780415100328

ISBN-10: 041510033X

ISBN-13: 9780415100335

Affluence and Poverty within the center East is an advent to the political economic system of the center East, concentrating on its such a lot salient positive aspects - power poverty and severe inequality. El-Ghonemy analyses the standards influencing the area, together with its precise old, spiritual and cultural combine, in addition to its fiscal foundations and varieties of corruption. for every issue he employs case-studies drawn from through the sector, from Turkey to Sudan and Morocco to Iran. within the ultimate part El-Ghomeny discusses attainable recommendations to the demanding situations dealing with the sector, together with attainable makes use of of a peace dividend, and the position of democracy.

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27 TH E RO O T S Bigsten (1983) Income Distribution and Development, particularly Chapter 4, ‘The Measurement of Inequality and Poverty’. El-Ghonemy (1990b) The Political Economy of Rural Poverty. Galbraith (1973) The Affluent Society. Haslett (1994) Capitalism with Morality. Meade (1994) Efficiency, Equality and the Ownership of Property. Paukert (1973) ‘Income Distribution at Different Levels of Development: A Survey of Evidence’. Roemer (1982) A General Theory of Exploitation and Class. Sahota (1978) ‘Theories of Personal Income Distribution: A Survey’.

In turn, it has been believed that high growth and greater opulence tends to eliminate poverty over time, although for how long is socially questionable (Chapters 5, 8 and 10). Equally, the single measure of income is not necessarily indicative of the lifestyle that an individual or a society leads. Health, nutritional standards and literacy are of fundamental concern. This suggested bundle of the formative elements of affluence can be applied to a group of individuals or families who share features of wealth ownership and visible consumption behaviour, termed a ‘social class’.

8 At the other extreme of the social strata were the vast masses of poor landless workers, sharecroppers, nomads and city pedlars. Between the very rich and the poorest there was an amalgamation of several occupational groups that cannot be classified as a class with distinct properties that all its members possess. Rather, it was a single middle class of many classes: bureaucrats and members of the military establishment, the relatively few trained professionals, some Muslim learned men (ulama), the urban artisans and the private moneylenders, mostly Armenians, Greeks and Jews.

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