An economist describes how tactics to fight global poverty have actually resulted in suppressing the rights of the poor and argues for a new model of development in third world countries that will address unchecked state power and retain individual freedoms.
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 ofThe 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 developmentone 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.