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Bottom Billion - 07 edition

Bottom Billion (ISBN10: 0195311450; ISBN13: 9780195311457)
ISBN13: 978-0195311457
ISBN10: 0195311450

Summary: Global poverty, Paul Collier points out, is actually falling quite rapidly for about eighty percent of the world. The real crisis lies in a group of about 50 failing states, the bottom billion, whose problems defy traditional approaches to alleviating poverty. In The Bottom Billion, Collier contends that these fifty failed states pose the central challenge of the developing world in the twenty-first century. The book shines a much needed light on this group of small nations, largely ...show moreunnoticed by the industrialized West, that are dropping further and further behind the majority of the world's people, often falling into an absolute decline in living standards. A struggle rages within each of these nation between reformers and corrupt leaders--and the corrupt are winning. Collier analyzes the causes of failure, pointing to a set of traps that snare these countries, including civil war, a dependence on the extraction and export of natural resources, and bad governance. Standard solutions do not work against these traps, he writes; aid is often ineffective, and globalization can actually make matters worse, driving development to more stable nations. What the bottom billion need, Collier argues, is a bold new plan supported by the Group of Eight industrialized nations. If failed states are ever to be helped, the G8 will have to adopt preferential trade policies, new laws against corruption, and new international charters, and even conduct carefully calibrated military interventions. As former director of research for the World Bank and current Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, Paul Collier has spent a lifetime working to end global poverty. In The Bottom Billion, he offers real hope for solving one of the great humanitarian crises facing the world today. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 07
Cover: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 05/25/2007
International: No

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The author contends that a group of about "50 failing states" poses the central challenge of the developing world in the 21st century. Collier analyzes the causes of failure, pointing to a set of tra ...show moreps that snare these countries, including civil war, a dependence on the extraction and export of natural resources, and bad governance. The solution, he argues, is a bold new plan supported by the Group of Eight industrialized nations and consisting of preferential trade policies, new laws against corruption, and new international charters, and even carefully calibrated military interventions. Index. 205p. ...show less
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