The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

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Penguin, Mar 16, 2006 - Social Science - 448 pages
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From one of the world’s best-known development economists—an excoriating attack on the tragic hubris of the West’s efforts to improve the lot of the so-called developing world

In his previous book, The Elusive Quest for Growth, William Easterly criticized the utter ineffectiveness of Western organizations to mitigate global poverty, and he was promptly fired by his then-employer, the World Bank. The White Man’s Burden is his widely anticipated counterpunch—a brilliant and blistering indictment of the West’s economic policies for the world’s poor. Sometimes angry, sometimes irreverent, but always clear-eyed and rigorous, Easterly argues that we in the West need to face our own history of ineptitude and draw the proper conclusions, especially at a time when the question of our ability to transplant Western institutions has become one of the most pressing issues we face.


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User Review  - fiadhiglas - LibraryThing

This book started out so strong that I was already thinking ahead to giving it 5 stars, and then he started talking about how free markets solve everything, and it went downhill from there. A lot of ... Read full review

THE WHITE MAN'S BURDEN: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A contrarian argument that humanitarian assistance seldom produces the desired results—and may even further poverty and hunger.Former World Bank economist Easterly has perhaps chosen an unfortunate ... Read full review


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CHAPTER THREE You Cant Plan a Market
CHAPTER FOUR Planners and Gangsters
CHAPTER FIVE The Rich Have Markets the Poor Have Bureaucrats
CHAPTER SIX Bailing Out the Poor
Triumph and Tragedy
CHAPTEREIGHT From Colonialism to Postmodern Imperialism
CHAPTER NINE Invading the Poor
CHAPTER TEN Homegrown Development
CHAPTERELEVEN The Future of Western Assistance

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William Easterly is a professor of economics at New York University and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. He was a senior research economist at the World Bank for more than sixteen years. In addition to his academic work, he has written widely in recent years for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, and Foreign Policy, among others. He is the author of the acclaimed book The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics. He has worked in many areas of the developing world, most extensively in Africa, Latin America, and Russia.

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