n Historia - Worthy suggestions, doomed to be stillborn
Wars, guns and votes : democracy in dangerous places, Paul Collier : book reviews

Volume 55, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
  • Author Tim White
  • Source : Historia, Volume 55, Issue 1, May 2010, p. 173 - 179
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
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    The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)



Although we live in a globalised world, it is a world of two halves, the haves and the have nots. Indeed, the have nots constitute the greater part of the world and their plight constitutes a threat to the stability of societies across the world. The gap between rich and poor is also growing. Paul Collier, an eminent development economist and a professor of economics at Oxford University, in his new book attempts to slice through the many ills which affect what he terms, the "bottom billion", those societies and peoples at the foot of the social pyramid. He is an activist academic, suggesting solutions which will bridge this growing dichotomy between the rich nations and the bottom billion, so creating a more equal and stable world.

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