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Book reviews: Easterly on experts, quality of government, economic crisis and protest

In the current issue of Governance, Tony Barclay of Columbia University reviews The Tyranny of Experts by William EasterlyEasterly describes “an unholy alliance between like-minded ‘experts’ and autocratic rulers,” Barclay says.  But the argument is marred by “sweeping and shallow generalizations” and “crude, monochromatic stereotypes.”  Read the review.

Chengzhi Yi of the East China University of Political Science and Law reviews The Quality of Government by Bo Rothstein.    The book is “important and enlightening,” although the conceptualization of “quality of government” is “problematic and confusing.”  Read the review.

And Sina Odugbemi of the World Bank reviews The End of Protest: How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Control Dissent by Alasdair Roberts.  “It is a profoundly depressing text,” says Odugbemi.  “It is also a good read, bracing and forthright.”  Read the review.

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May 18, 2015 at 7:07 pm

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