The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (Grove Art)

The Bottom Billion : Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

The book shines much-needed light on this group of small nations, Oxford University Press Bolero Ozon. In the universally acclaimed and award-winning The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier reveals that fifty failed states--home to the poorest one billion people on Earth--pose the central challenge of the developing world in the twenty-first century. The book shines much-needed light on this group of small nations, largely unnoticed 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 nations between reformers and corrupt leaders--and the corrupt are winning.

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Editorial Reviews. Review. "An important book."--Fareed Zakaria "The best book on The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (Grove Art) - Kindle edition by Paul Collier. Download it once and. Collier, Paul. The bottom billion: why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it / by Paul Collier. p. cm. ISBN (cloth). 1.

Collier analyzes the causes of failure, pointing to a set of traps that ensnare these countries, including civil war, a dependence on the extraction and export of natural resources, and bad governance. Standard solutions do not work, 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, new international charters, and even conduct carefully calibrated military interventions. Collier has spent a lifetime working to end global poverty.

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Review quote A must-read for anyone who has tired of the emotionalism of the Geldof-Bono aid brigade. Max Hastings, The Guardian Important and provocative. Sunday Times Important new book New Statesman d Set to become a classic The Economist Collier's is a better book than either Sachs's or Easterley's for two reasons. First, its analysis of the causes of poverty is more convincing. Second, its remedies are more plausible.

Niall Ferguson, International Herald Tribune This extraordinarily important book should be read by everyone who cares about Africa, but who recoils from the egotism and self-indulgence of Comic Relief and Live Aid.

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Max Hastings, Sunday Times Review It is time to dispense with the false dichotomies that bedevil the current debate on Africa. If you've ever found yourself on one side or the other of those arguments - and who hasn't? This important book wants citizens of G8 countries to fight for change.

If you care about the fate of the poorest people in the world, and want to understand what can be done to help them, read it. If you don't care, read it anyway.

You will learn much you do not know. It will also change the way you look at the tragedy of persistent poverty in a world of plenty. Martin Wolf, Financial Times [a] significant contribution Collier uses his basic insight to challenge the conventional wisdom of both Left and Right. Edward Hadas, TLS A path-breaking work providing penetrating insights into the largely unexplored borderland between economics and politics. George Soros Paul Collier brilliantly anatomises the true causes of Africa's post-colonial failure. He has shown clearly what is happening to the poorest billion in the world, why it is happening and what can be done to open up greater opportunities for them in a world of increasing wealth.

His ideas should be at the centre of the policy debate.