Global Redistribution as a Solution to Poverty

Melamed, C.
IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 11.1
Editor Smithyes, C
Publisher IDS
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The scale of global inequality is universally agreed to be unacceptable. Yet little has been done to tackle inequality directly through redistribution of incomes on a global level. Although redistribution, through tax and welfare systems, is at the heart of anti-poverty programmes in developed countries, it has not been a serious proposition at an international level until now.

The financial crisis has propelled two interventions onto the agenda which together look like a global welfare state: social protection and tax reform. this briefing asks what is driving global inequality? And how can redistribution help tackle existing inequalities and contribute to poverty reduction internationally?

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