The Tyranny of Experts by William Easterly audiobook

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

By William Easterly
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In this "bracingly iconoclastic” book (New York Times Book Review), a renowned economics scholar breaks down the fight to end global poverty and the rights that poor individuals have had taken away for generations. 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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A Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year

In this "bracingly iconoclastic” book (New York Times Book Review), a renowned economics scholar breaks down the fight to end global poverty and the rights that poor individuals have had taken away for generations.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Easterly delivers a scathing assault on the anti-poverty programs associated with both the United Nations and its political and private sector supporters….A sharply written polemic intended to stir up debate about the aims of global anti-poverty campaigns.” Kirkus Reviews
“Tyranny of Experts takes various tacks—historical, theoretical, technological, statistical—to explain, in theory and in practice, why international development economics should fundamentally rethink its premises and practices.” Reason magazine
“A timely blast against the complacency of those who think progress and prosperity can be detached from politics.” The Guardian (London)
“There is something indomitable about William Easterly, and he has struck the development establishment where it is weakest: its appalling human rights record.” Los Angeles Times Review of Books

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Author

Author Bio: William Easterly

Author Bio: William Easterly

William Easterly is a professor of economics at New York University and a director of NYU’s award-winning Development Research Institute. He lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 15.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English