The Tyranny of Experts

Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

By William Easterly
(Basic Books a Member of Perseus Books Group, Hardcover, 9780465031252, 394pp.)

Publication Date: March 2014

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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.
In "The Tyranny of Experts," economist William Easterly, bestselling author of "The White Man's Burden," traces the history of the fight against global poverty, showing not only how these tactics have trampled the individual freedom of the world's poor, but how in doing so have suppressed a vital debate about an alternative approach to solving poverty: freedom. Presenting a wealth of cutting-edge economic research, Easterly argues that only a new model of development--one predicated on respect for the individual rights of people in developing countries, that understands that unchecked state power is the problem and not the solution --will be capable of ending global poverty once and for all.



About the Author
William Easterly is the author of "The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics" (MIT Press, 2001) and "The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good." He is Professor of Economics at New York University (Joint with Africa House), Codirector of NYU's Development Research Institute, visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Nonresident Fellow of the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC.
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