Equality, the Third World, and Economic Delusion

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Equality, the Third World, and Economic Delusion

By P. T. Bauer
Harvard University Press, 1981
312 pp. $17.50

For quite a long time now, Professor Bauer of London has been issuing stimulating, serious polemical challenges to many of the ideas that have dominated discussions of economic development. This book is one of his best, with papers on equality, poverty, aid, population, commodities, colonialism, investment and the state of economics. Like many committed fighters, Bauer frequently does less than justice to his opponents, but his main weakness is to answer oversimplifications with generalizations. Thus when he takes on the "hydra-headed rationalization" for foreign aid he produces a hydra-headed refutation that leaves us with two mythological beasts instead of one.

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