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With his stance between William Easterly’s negativism and Jeffrey Sachs’s overpowering optimism, Paul Collier has become a Saint in the aid business and buzz, as he describes it. I left the church when I was 15, and I’ve been distrustful of Christians ever since, not so much of the Saints, who frequently led honorable lives theologizing or aiding the impoverished and downtrodden. If you criticize the Saints, you will be judged by God, but believers will call you names, attempt to keep you out of arguments, and spit on you. My long-term answer has been to purchase an umbrella. I’ve always believed that it’s necessary to criticize the Saints. What should our pastors and ministries do with the Saints’ words, and what should they take away from this book?
The book’s fundamental premise is compelling: the world’s bottom billion impoverished people are trapped in nations that face at least four major challenges: civil conflict, enormous natural resources that lead to greed, landlocked countries with terrible neighbors, and inadequate governance. It’s difficult to get out of these snares. The international community has abandoned the bottom billion, but this must change immediately, since the troubles of the bottom billion will spread to other countries, including ours. The Bottom Billion’s evaluation thus boils down to two questions: Is it true that the four traps exist? What policy prescriptions does the author make as a result of the analysis?
While I understand Collier’s appeal to the international community, this book bothers me. I would specifically criticize the cross-country regression analyses that readers might find in the book’s underlying articles and publications. I don’t think this kind of study is really useful. Many of the authors of such publications struggle with causation and attribution, and they frequently leap to conclusions without thinking.
The importance of the problem analysis cannot be overstated. Collier’s four traps (especially the resource trap) aren’t true traps in my opinion. I also believe that there are other even more serious traps in the bottom billion nations, such as the ‘not-a-nation trap,’ the ‘low-social-development trap,’ and the ‘poor endowment trap.’ And if there are so many traps, we may be looking at a maze rather than a trap.
What Collier’s book truly lacks is a detailed examination of the donor community. Collier seemed to have missed all of the significant developments in the area during the previous few years. His analysis is limited to ‘traditional’ forms of assistance. He appears to have overlooked sector-wide approaches (SWAps), general budget assistance, and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, among other things. As a result, all of his suggestions are ‘up in the air.’
My advice to our pastors on this book is to be critical, to take what you think is good from it, but to be skeptical of the’science’ behind it, and therefore of some of its prescriptions.
Details About The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier PDF
- Name: The Bottom Billion
- Author: Paul Collier
- ISBN: B000SEIU28
- Language: English
- Genre: Literary Fiction
- Format: PDF/ePub
- Size: 1 MB
- Page: 224
- Price: Free
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