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Poverty reduction, inequalities and human development in the BRICS: policies and outcomes

Maiorano, Diego; Manor, James


Diego Maiorano

James Manor


This paper assesses headway made by governments in Brazil, India, China and South Africa in pursuing three goals: reducing income poverty; reaching the poorest of the poor; and reducing inequality. Outcomes vary as we move up the ladder from the first and easiest of these challenges to the third and most daunting. Then the definition of poverty is broadened to include severe shortage of opportunities, liberties and capabilities. The paper discusses how the four countries performed in ameliorating several human development indicators and in enhancing poor people’s ‘political capacity’, the lack of which is an important dimension of their poverty.


Maiorano, D., & Manor, J. (in press). Poverty reduction, inequalities and human development in the BRICS: policies and outcomes. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 55(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 20, 2017
Online Publication Date Jun 16, 2017
Deposit Date May 3, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 17, 2018
Journal Commonwealth and Comparative Politics
Print ISSN 1466-2043
Electronic ISSN 1743-9094
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Issue 3
Keywords poverty, inequality, the poorest, social policy, political capacity
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Commonwealth and Comparative Politics on 2017, available online:


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