William Easterly

Bill Easterly’s new book: brilliant on technocrats, flawed on rights, wrong on aid and hopeless on China

Duncan Green - June 3, 2014

This review first appeared in the June issue of the IMF’s Finance and Development magazine. I loved the premise and conclusions of William Easterly’s new book. The intervening 300 pages gave less cause for celebration. Easterly sees development as hijacked by technocrats: “The technocratic illusion is that poverty results from a shortage of expertise, whereas poverty is really about a shortage of rights.” The founding …

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Complexity, Chaos, Catastrophes and Change: Is the New Physics much help to development wonks?

admin - December 26, 2008

One of the unfinished tasks in From Poverty to Power is developing a better model for analysing processes of change, so I’ve been going back to my prehistoric roots as a physics undergraduate, and reading about complexity and chaos. Exploring the Science of Complexity is a newish (February 08) paper from the Overseas Development Institute that wrestles with the question posed by Robert Chambers back …

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