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

Paul Collier (Author)
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, largely unnoticed by the industrialized West, 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 nation between reformers and corrupt leaders--and the corrupt are winning. Collier analyzes the causes of failure, and offers a bold new plan.--From publisher description
Print Book, English, 2007
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007
xiii, 205 pages ; 25 cm
9780195311457, 9780195374636, 9780198042549, 0195311450, 0195374630, 019804254X
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
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