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Ethical Issues in Poverty Alleviation

  • Helmut P. Gaisbauer
  • Gottfried Schweiger
  • Clemens Sedmak
  • Covers a broad range of ethical issues involved in poverty alleviation

  • Sheds light on special topics, including child poverty, animals, and the role of academic

  • Brings together different approaches and normative frameworks

  • Is the first to combine papers from top scholars on ethical issues in poverty alleviation


Part of the Studies in Global Justice book series (JUST, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Helmut P. Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger, Clemens Sedmak
    Pages 1-14
  3. Human Rights and Poverty Alleviation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Elena Pribytkova
      Pages 43-56
    3. Gunter Graf, Maria del Mar Cabezas
      Pages 57-73
  4. Poverty Alleviation and Development

  5. Poverty and Poverty Alleviation in the Welfare State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Helmut P. Gaisbauer, Elisabeth Kapferer
      Pages 171-189
    3. Rosana Triviño, David Rodríguez-Arias, Txetxu Ausín
      Pages 191-205
  6. Obligations to Poverty Alleviation

About this book


This book explores the philosophical, and in particular ethical, issues concerning the conceptualization, design and implementation of poverty alleviation measures from the local to the global level. It connects these topics with the ongoing debates on social and global justice, and asks what an ethical or normative philosophical perspective can add to the economic, political, and other social science approaches that dominate the main debates on poverty alleviation. Divided into four sections, the volume examines four areas of concern: the relation between human rights and poverty alleviation, the connection between development and poverty alleviation, poverty within affluent countries, and obligations of individuals in regard to global poverty.

An impressive collection of essays by an international group of scholars on one of the most fundamental issues of our age. The authors consider crucial aspects of poverty alleviation: the role of human rights; the connection between development aid and the alleviation of poverty; how to think about poverty within affluent countries (particularly in Europe); and individual versus collective obligations to act to reduce poverty.

Judith Lichtenberg
Department of Philosophy
Georgetown University

This collection of essays is most welcome addition to the burgeoning treatments of poverty and inequality. What is most novel about this volume is its sustained and informed attention to the explicitly ethical aspects of poverty and poverty alleviation. What are the ethical merits and demerits of income poverty, multidimensional-capability poverty, and poverty as nonrecognition? How important is poverty alleviation in comparison to environmental protection and cultural preservation? Who or what should be agents responsible for reducing poverty? The editors concede that their volume is not the last word on these matters. But, these essays, eschewing value neutrality and a retreat into technical mastery, challenge us to find fresh and reasonable answers to these urgent questions.

David A. Crocker
School of Public Policy
University of Maryland


Agents of Justice Capabilities and Human Rights Decent Social Minimum Emerging economies of small island development states Exclusion from healthcare Fundamental entitlements of human beings Human Rights and Poverty Alleviation Human Rights of Children Obligations of rich countries Poverty Alleviation and Development Poverty and Poverty Alleviation in the Welfare State Protecting persons from extreme poverty Structural Injustice and Political Action Tax Effort and Development Aid

Editors and affiliations

  • Helmut P. Gaisbauer
    • 1
  • Gottfried Schweiger
    • 2
  • Clemens Sedmak
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Ethics and Poverty ResearchUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria
  2. 2.Centre for Ethics and Poverty ResearchUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria
  3. 3.Centre for Ethics and Poverty ResearchUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria

About the editors

Helmut P. Gaisbauer is Senior Scientist at the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg. Recent publications include: (with Gottfried Schweiger & Clemens Sedmak) Philosophical Explorations of Justice and Taxation. Dordrecht: Springer 2015; (with Clemens Sedmak) Neglected Futures. Considering Overlooked Poverty in Europe; in: Special Issue of European Journal of Futures Research: The Future of Europe 2014, 2–8. 

Gottfried Schweiger is Senior Scientist at the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg and there the Principal Investigator of a research project “Social Justice and Child Poverty”, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Recent publications include: (with Gunter Graf) The Subjective Experience of Poverty, in: Northern European Journal of Philosophy 15 (2) 2015, 148–67; (with Gunter Graf). A Philosophical Exploration of Social Justice and Child Poverty. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2015.
Clemens Sedmak is FD Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology, King’s College London and Associate Director of the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg. Recent publications include: (ed. with Elisabeth Kapferer & Andreas Koch) Strengthening Intangible Infrastructures. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014; Sustainability: Ethical Perspectives, in: C. Weidinger et al. (eds.): Sustainable Entrepreneurship, CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance. Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer 2014, 51–65.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ethical Issues in Poverty Alleviation
  • Editors Helmut P. Gaisbauer
    Gottfried Schweiger
    Clemens Sedmak
  • Series Title Studies in Global Justice
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies Global Justice
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-41428-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-63647-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-41430-0
  • Series ISSN 1871-0409
  • Series E-ISSN 1871-1456
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 280
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethics
    Human Rights
    Political Philosophy
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