Naomi Hossain and Patta Scott-Villiers (eds): Food riots, food rights and the politics of provision
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This collection of papers is about food poverty and food riots in developing countries. Issues of international inequality (social, economic and political) are now back on the agenda with a vengeance. The traditional (or Washington consensus) view was one that emphasised the primary function of inequality as a necessary means of ensuring long term economic growth both nationally and across countries. It was a counterweight to the earlier developmental optimism of using government (the state) as the necessary planning vehicle to ensure balanced and equitable economic growth. This, the critics argued, led to inefficiency, corruption, excessive bureaucracy and eventually ran economic systems into the ground. In contrast they advocated market-based policies designed to liberalise economic systems, focus on private enterprise led production, investment (usually foreign) and trade, deregulation and fiscal discipline on the part of governments. Inevitably of course this would lead to...
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