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The bottom billion : why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it

Author: Paul Collier
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
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Global poverty, economist Collier points out, is actually falling quite rapidly for about 80% 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. Here, Collier contends that these fifty failed states pose the central challenge of the developing world in the twenty-first century. This group of small nations,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Book
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Collier
ISBN: 9780195311457 0195311450 9780195374636 0195374630 9780198042549 019804254X
OCLC Number: 76073943
Awards: Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 2007.
Description: xiii, 205 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Falling behind and falling apart : the bottom billion --
The conflict trap --
The natural resource trap --
Landlocked with bad neighbors --
Bad governance in a small country --
On missing the boat : the marginalization of the bottom billion in the world economy --
Aid to the rescue? --
Military intervention --
Laws and charters --
Trade policy for reversing marginalization --
An agenda for action.
Responsibility: Paul Collier.
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The Bottom Billion is an elegant and impassioned synthesis from one of the world's leading experts on Africa and poverty. It was hailed as "the best non-fiction book so far this year" by Nicholas  Read more...


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A must-read for anyone who has tired of the emotionalism of the Geldof-Bono aid brigade. Michela Wrong, New Statesman Books of the Year An important book. Max Hastings, The Guardian Important and Read more...

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