"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.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: The Debate That Never Happened
2. Two Nobel Laureates and the Debate They Never Had
PART TWO: Why the Debate Never Happanedthe 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