The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

by William Easterly

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In this "bracingly iconoclastic” book (New York Times Book Review), a renowned economics scholar breaks down the fight to end global poverty and the rights that poor individuals have had taken away for generations.

In The Tyranny of Experts, renowned economist William Easterly examines our failing efforts to fight global poverty, and argues that the "expert approved" top-down approach to development has not only made little lasting progress, but has proven a convenient rationale for decades of human rights violations perpetrated by colonialists, postcolonial dictators, and US and UK foreign policymakers seeking autocratic allies. Demonstrating how our traditional antipoverty tactics have both trampled the freedom of the world's poor and suppressed a vital debate about alternative approaches to solving poverty, Easterly presents a devastating critique of the blighted record of authoritarian development. In this masterful work, Easterly reveals the fundamental errors inherent in our traditional approach and offers new principles for Western agencies and developing countries alike: principles that, because they are predicated on respect for the rights of poor people, have the power to end global poverty once and for all.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465080908
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University and Co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute. He is the author of several books on global politics and economics, including The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (winner of the FA Hayek Award). His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Review of Books, and Washington Post. Foreign Policy magazine named him among the Top 100 Global Public Intellectuals. He lives in New York.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: The Debate That Never Happened
1. Introduction
2. Two Nobel Laureates and the Debate They Never Had

PART TWO: Why the Debate Never Happaned—the Real History of the Development Idea
3. Once Upon a Time in China
4. Race, War, and the Fate of Africa
5. One Day in Bogota

PART THREE: The Blank Slate Versus Learning from History
6. Values: The Long Struggle for Individual Rights
7. Institutions: We Oppress Them If We Can
8. The Majority Dream

PART FOUR: Nations Versus Individuals
9. Homes or Prisons: Nations and Migrations
10. How Much Do Nations Matter?
11. Markets: The Association of Problem-Solvers
12. Technology: How to Succeed Without Knowing How
13. Leaders: How We Are Seduced By Benevolent Autocrats
14. Conclusion

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