Everyone Loves A Good Drought by P. Sainath

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The block grant and consolidation program was part of the Reagan administration’s “decentralization” policy (Clark and Amiot, 1981, p. 258). The change to block grants outlined in Chapter 2 of the ECIA was designed to allow states to decide which areas needed the most funding. The reasoning behind this change was that states could make these decisions better than the federal government because the states were more familiar with the needs of their students. 3 Other problems that were projected with the block grant approach in providing more flexibility for states included the belief that resources would probably be reduced for the disabled and disadvantaged: the primary groups that had been protected by the government through federal funding.

Rarely, if ever, is poverty in the United States understood in relation to global poverty, and its association with the economic growth and development policies of global capitalism and its global financial institutions. For example, the structural adjustment policies of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) assume that poverty reduction is linked to economic growth and economic integration. The structural adjustment economic policies which nations of the Global South must follow in order to qualify for new World Bank and IMF loans to help them make debt repayments have common guiding principles which include export-led growth; privatization and liberalization; lifting import and export restrictions; balancing their budgets; cutting domestic social expenditures; and removal of price controls and state subsidies.

D. from Northwestern University in 1977. Lakshman Yapa is a Professor of Geography at Pennsylvania State University. He teaches courses on poverty and economic development. In 2008 he received the C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award. , is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at East Carolina University. Yoon’s research interests include economic justice and financial assets building for low-income families. , is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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