Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

William Easterly ─ The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

4 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

Book signing and reception to follow.

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This Africa Seminar will be presented by William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University and co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute.

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 while ignoring the political oppression that created them in the first place, accidentally colluding with autocrats who violate the rights of the poor. The Tyranny of Experts traces the history of the fight against global poverty, showing how development has long suppressed the vital debate on the individual rights of people in developing countries, the crucial debate on whether unchecked power for dictators is the problem and not the solution.

The Tyranny of Experts will be available for purchase and the author will sign books.  

Africa Initiative