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 developmentone
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.