The Plundered Planet by Paul Collier
Why We Must--and How We Can--Manage Nature for Global Prosperity

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Paul Collier's The Bottom Billion was greeted as groundbreaking when it appeared in 2007, winning the Estoril Distinguished Book Prize, the Arthur Ross Book Award, and the Lionel Gelber Prize. Now, in The Plundered Planet, Collier builds upon his renowned work on developing countries and the world's poorest populations to confront the global mismanagement of natural resources.
Proper stewardship of natural assets and liabilities is a matter of planetary urgency: natural resources have the potential either to transform the poorest countries or to tear them apart, while the carbon emissions and agricultural follies of the developed world could further impoverish them. The Plundered Planet charts a course between unchecked profiteering on the one hand and environmental romanticism on the other to offer realistic and sustainable solutions to dauntingly complex issues.
Grounded in a belief in the power of informed citizens, Collier proposes a series of international standards that would help poor countries rich in natural assets better manage those resources, policy changes that would raise world food supply, and a clear-headed approach to climate change that acknowledges the benefits of industrialization while addressing the need for alternatives to carbon trading. Revealing how all of these forces interconnect, The Plundered Planet charts a way forward to avoid the mismanagement of the natural world that threatens our future.
 

About Paul Collier

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Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University and a former director of Development Research at the World Bank. In addition to the award-winning The Bottom Billion, he is the author of Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places.
 
Published April 9, 2010 by Oxford University Press. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Building on the startling data he analyzed in The Bottom Billion (2007), the author delves into some of the trickiest issues facing mankind, including two paradoxical questions: “Who owns natural resources?” and “Who deserves the profits that are borne from natural resources?” The answers are int...

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You wonder if Paul Collier's new book has been timed as a tie-in with the DVD of Avatar, the story of a gentle planet that suffers "resource curse".

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The chief concern here, as in his previous book, is developing states, and particularly with exploring what's gone wrong in states suffering the "resource curse", and in the few rare examples, such as Botswana, where it hasn't applied.

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The Telegraph

Polman’s experiences in Sierra Leone alongside 20 years of reporting global conflict inform her argument in War Games, a long overdue expose of the cynicism and corruption of the aid industry.

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A Patchwork of Books

Economist Paul Collier argues that we can find a middle ground and do both in his new book The Plundered Planet: Why We Must—and How We Can—Manage Nature for Global Prosperity.

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A Patchwork of Books

However, if you were to pass over this book in the library or book shop both your children and you would miss out on an exquisitely beautiful and dream-inspiring story that I think deserves to be read by anyone, young or old, who is interested in exploration, travelling and different cultures aro...

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Management Today

well-governed countries tend to use minerals wisely and prosper, while poorly governed countries actually suffer from mineral wealth because of the corruption engendered by such vast incomes.

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