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

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Basic Books, 2014 M03 4 - 416 páginas
"Bracingly iconoclastic." --New York Times Book Review
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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Crítica de los usuarios  - ohernaes - LibraryThing

The book is superficial in that it repeatedly and uncritically lumps together technocrats, experts, authoritarians and dictators as tyrants. Read David Broodman's review to see what I mean. But it ... Leer comentario completo

THE TYRANNY OF EXPERTS: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

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Easterly (Economics/New York Univ.; The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, 2006, etc.) delivers a scathing assault on the anti-poverty ... Leer comentario completo

Contenido

Chapter One Introduction
Chapter Two Two Nobel Laureates and the Debate They Never
WHY THE DEBATE NEVER HAPPENEDTHE REAL HISTORY OF
Chapter Four Race War and the Fate of Africa
Chapter Five One Day in Bogotá
THE BLANK SLATE VERSUS LEARNING FROM HISTORY
We Oppress Them If We
Chapter Eight The Majority Dream
Chapter Ten How Much Do Nations Matter?
CONSCIOUS DESIGN VERSUS SPONTANEOUS SOLUTIONS
How to Succeed Without Knowing
How We Are Seduced by Benevolent Autocrats
Chapter Fourteen Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Index
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NATIONS VERSUS INDIVIDUALS

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William Easterly is a professor of economics at New York University. He was a senior research economist at the World Bank for sixteen years. He is the author of The White Man's Burden and The Elusive Quest for Growth, and was listed as a Highly Cited Researcher of 2014 by Thomson Reuters. Easterly lives in New York City.

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