The Private Provision of Public Services in Developing Countries, by
(New York: Oxford University Press, 1987). A careful and readable study
prospects for privatization in developing nations, including case studies
education, electricity, health, telecommunications, urban transport, and
Dissent on Development, by P. T. Bauer (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard
Press, 1971 and 1976). A clear and convincing critique of the statist
economic development; demolishes one argument after another.
"The Importance of Political Participation for Sustained Capitalist
Grace Goodell in European Journal of Sociology 26 (1985). Shows how
growth rests on a foundation of legal and economic institutions that
entrepreneurs, savers, investors, and consumers in economic
decision-making in a
market economy. Goodell provides the context for us to understand why
aid" does not result in economic growth in third world countries.
The Poverty of Development Economics, by Deepak Lal (London: Institute of
Economic Affairs, 1983). Analyzes the major currents of development
offering a liberal free-market alternative.
Development Economics on Trial, by Polly Hill (New York: Cambridge
Press, 1986). An economic anthropologist shows how development "experts"
misconstrue the meaning of indigeneous and spontaneously evolved market
mechanisms, with disastrous consequences.
Development Without Aid: Growth, Poverty, and Government, by Melvyn B.
Krauss (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1983). The biggest obstacle to
development in the
Third World is the state, both local states and the aid-granting welfare
states of the
"Development Economics After 40 Years," special issue of Cato Journal 7
(Spring/Summer 1987). Includes many articles on kleptocracy (the rule of
in developing nations, and the role of the state in hindering, and the
advancing, economic prosperity.
The Peasant Betrayed: Agriculture and Land Reform in the Third World, by
Powelson and Richard Stock (Boston: Oelgeschlager, Gunn & Hain, 1987).
the damaging effects of land reform plans administered by the state. The
net effect is
usually to concentrate authority and power in the central state.
The Rational Peasant: The Political Economy of Rural Society in Vietnam,
Samuel Popkin (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979). Offers a
economy" approach to understanding peasant societies that contrasts with
market "moral economy" approach. Considers peasants as "rational problem
Prosperity vs. Planning, by David Osterfeld (New York: Oxford University
1992). Osterfeld shows how state interventionism in poorer nations has
poverty and prevented the emergence of institutions necessary for
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