The book examines views about what poverty is and what should be done about it. The word 'poverty' means many different things to different people - for example, material deprivation, lack of money, dependency on benefits, social exclusion or inequality. In this book, Paul Spicker makes an argument for a participative, inclusive understanding of the term. The book has been written mainly for students and the interested general reader. (Via PovertyNet)
The Impact of Globalization on the World's Poor, by Machiko Nissanke and Erik Thorbecke
This book examines the various channels and transmission mechanisms, such as greater openness to trade and foreign investment, economic growth, effects on income distribution, technology transfer and labour migration through which the process of globalization affects different dimensions of poverty in the developing world. (via Development Gateway)
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Utility: Happiness in Philosophical and Economic Thought, by Anthony Kenny (Editor), Charles Kenny (Editor)
... discusses the the philosophy and theology of happiness, and both global and historical empirical evidence regarding what we see to be its three central components --welfare, dignity and contentment. The book looks at evidence from the developing world suggesting that income is a comparatively minor determinant of outcomes in these areas.