This book focuses on the changing pattern of global poverty. Many developing countries have experienced rising average incomes over the last decade and become middle-income countries or emerging economies. At the same time, poverty has fallen significantly as a proportion of the population but much less so in absolute numbers. Consequentially, the bulk of global poverty now resides in such middle-income countries: one billion of the world's extreme poor live in
such countries. The book assesses the causes and consequences of this changing pattern of global poverty and argues that global poverty requires reframing from a question of deprivation or a lack of
resources per se to a question of national distribution.