Challenging Global Inequality

Development theory and practice in the 21st century

by Alastair Greig, David Hulme, and Mark Turner

Chapter by chapter resources - Chapter 1

Review Questions

  • What difference does it make to our understanding of inequality by assessing it across countries, within countries, and across the world’s people?
  • Has the world become a healthier, wealthier place over the past 100 years?
  • Do modern communication technologies help us address inequalities?
  • What endowment factors might contribute to poverty?
  • Do the wealthy inhibit the development prospects of the poor?
  • In the early twenty-first century, what factors have contributed to a growing sense of unease with the direction of ‘progress’?
  • Why has development become the global problem rather than the global answer for many environmentalists?
  • Can everyone in the world attain the same levels of material affluence as those living in the richer countries?
  • Why might Hobsbawm argue that ‘inequality of opportunity in the world will be one of the crucial factors in the future of mankind’?
  • Are global wealth and global poverty interconnected?

Further Reading

Comeliau, C. (2002), The Impasse of Modernity: Debating the Future of the Global Market Economy, London, Zed Press.

Commission for Africa (2005), Our Common Interest: An Argument, Harmondsworth, Penguin.

Donaldson, P. (1973), World’s Apart: The Economic Gulf Between Nations, Harmondsworth, Penguin.

Hobsbawm, E., (2000), The New Century, London, Abacus.

Lomberg, B. (2001), The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

McMichael, P. (2004), Development and Change: A Global Perspective, Thousand Oaks, Pine Forge Press.

Rapley, J. (2002), Understanding Development: Theory and Practice in the Third World, Boulder, Lynne Rienner Publishers.


The UC Inequality Atlas is an excellent place to begin exploring global inequality. It also contains highly relevant articles and information on specific countries:

The monthly magazine New Internationalist deals with special features relating to poverty and inequality:http://www/

Third World Traveler uploads articles of interest on issues relating to the relationship between the rich and poor countries:

This academic site (The Róbinson Rojas Archive) contains a wealth of information and useful articles on the political economy of global inequality:

The Third World Network publishes a monthly web magazine devoted to perspectives from the poorer countries:

IDEAs, the International Development Economics Associates provides an informative site run from New Delhi that deals with the economics of global inequality and information on specific countries: