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Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right “expert” solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place. Further, they produce an accidental collusion with “benevolent autocrats,” leaving dictators with yet more power to violate the rights of the poor. 

In The Tyranny of Experts, economist William Easterly, bestselling author of The White Man’s Burden, traces the history of the fight against global poverty, showing not only how these tactics have trampled the individual freedom of the world’s poor, but how in doing so have suppressed a vital debate about an alternative approach to solving poverty: freedom. Presenting a wealth of cutting-edge economic research, Easterly argues that only a new model of development—one predicated on respect for the individual rights of people in developing countries, that understands that unchecked state power is the problem and not the solution —will be capable of ending global poverty once and for all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Easterly’s research may help start a dialog about identifying better methods for alleviating global poverty and should assist readers interested in humanitarian efforts who want to draw their own conclusions about how to aid the world’s poor.”

    Library Journal

  • “Easterly delivers a scathing assault on the anti-poverty programs associated with both the United Nations and its political and private sector supporters…A sharply written polemic intended to stir up debate about the aims of global anti-poverty campaigns.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “No one who starts this book will be able to put it down, or be able to undo its influence on her thinking about the deep determinants of development progress.”

    Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development

  • “Easterly's new book shows that the expert approach to development rests on an engrained but unexamined premise: that people in poor countries cannot be trusted to make their own decisions. As this wide-ranging and compelling account shows, this assumption is doubly flawed. It’s morally offensive and a sure guide to bad policy.”

    Paul Romer, New York University

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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About the Author

William Easterly is a professor of economics at New York University and a director of NYU’s award-winning Development Research Institute. He lives in New York City.