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

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"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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About the author

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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Publisher
Basic Books
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Published on
Mar 4, 2014
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Pages
416
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ISBN
9780465080908
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Development / Economic Development
Business & Economics / Development / General
Political Science / Political Economy
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