The text of this paper argues that there are many causal pathways that can run from movements to poverty, but that the relative significance of any particular pathway depends on the domain of contention in question, the type of social movement involved, and the more general political economy context at any one point in time. The paper will trace some of these different pathways first in a general sense, and then will explore how several of these operate in two particular domains: that of production and that of collective consumption. In doing this it elaborates elements of a framework for considering these relationships.
This paper was prepared as a background paper for UNRISD’s forthcoming Poverty Report. 49 pp.