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Easterly, William, 1957- author
The tyranny of experts : economists, dictators, and the forgotten rights of the poor / William Easterly
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Book Group, [2013]
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 3rd Floor  HC79.P63 E27 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Economic policy -- Political aspects
Economic policy -- Social aspects -- Developing countries
Poverty -- Economic aspects -- Developing countries
Physical Description viii, 394 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right "expert" solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place. Further, they produce an accidental collusion with "benevolent autocrats," leaving dictators with yet more power to violate the rights of the poor
Contents Pt. 1. The debate that never happened. Introduction -- Two Nobel Laureates and the debate they never had -- pt. 2. Why the debate never happened: the real history of the development idea. Once upon a time in China -- Race, war, and the fate of Africa -- One day in Bogot√° -- pt. 3. The blank slate versus learning from history. Values: the long struggle for individual rights -- Institutions: we oppress them if we can -- The majority dream -- pt. 4. Nations versus individuals. Homes or prisons? Nations and migrations -- How much do nations matter? -- pt. 5. Conscious design versus spontaneous solutions. Markets: The association of problem-solvers -- Technology: how to succeed without knowing how -- Leaders: how we are seduced by benevolent autocrats -- Conclusion
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