THE BOTTOM BILLION
Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It
Studying the problem statistically, the author identifies a pattern of four traps (armed conflict, bad governance, reliance on exploiting a natural resource, or being landlocked), shows why standard solutions don’t work, and suggests new policies for the G8 industrialized nations.
“An important book.”
“Insightful and influential.”
“An acclaimed bestseller in 2007, and already a set text in development courses worldwide, Paul Collier’s The Bottom Billion has far from exhausted its potential to change the way we think about, teach about, and legislate about global poverty…Its policy recommendations, many of which focus on empowering domestic actors, including through voluntary international standards to serve as rallying cries for reform movements, are not only pragmatic but also addressed squarely to the audience that matters most: the G8. It does not hurt its crossover appeal that The Bottom Billon is a model of good writing for the public understanding of social science.”
—Ethics & International Affairs (publication of the Carnegie Council)
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2008 paperback edition
Oxford University Press
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