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William Easterly: Tyranny of experts: economists, dictator, and the forgotten rights of the poor, New York, NY, Basic Books, 2013, viii + 394 pp


  • Hoyoon Jung

    () (PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa)


This paper aims to explore the debate of why poverty is still prevalent throughout the world, in spite of a wide array of prescriptive economic development plans, by reviewing William Easterly’s erudite book, The Tyranny of Experts. The author of this book argues that conventional technocratic authoritarian approach is the real root of poverty, significantly neglecting the rights of the poor. After discussion, this book review article evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the book as well.

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  • Hoyoon Jung, 2017. "William Easterly: Tyranny of experts: economists, dictator, and the forgotten rights of the poor, New York, NY, Basic Books, 2013, viii + 394 pp," Review of Applied Socio-Economic Research, Pro Global Science Association, vol. 14(2), pages 50-53, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rse:wpaper:v:14:y:2017:i:2:p:50-53

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    economic development; individual rights; poverty; technocracy; tyranny.;

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    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations


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