Revisiting Bill Easterly’s critique of Ha-Joon Chang’s Bad Samaritans

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Back in Cambridge, I naturally had to read the works from my renown lecturer, Dr. Ha-Joon Chang. One of them was his book Bad Samaritans: The Guilty Secrets of Rich Nations & the threat to Global Prosperity(Random House Paperback version). For those who don’t know, Chang in this book launches into a critic ofthe tenetsof the “Washington Consensus”. He further explores the economic history of today’s industrialised nations (some which he covered more extensively in his previous book, Kicking Away the Ladder) to argue that these nations did not develop based on pure market-based policies and ideas, but rather through active state-led actions. Written in a story tale style for laymen (non-economic readers), the book gained much praise from the development and non-development community.

In comes, William (Bill) Easterly, Professor and well-known author of The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s efforts to aid the rest have done…

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