Getting Better Why Global Development Is Succeeding - And How We Can Improve the World Even More

ISBN-10: 046503103X
ISBN-13: 9780465031030
Edition: 2012
Authors: Charles Kenny
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.75" wide x 4.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

As the income gap between developed and developing nations grows, so grows the cacophony of voices claiming that the quest to find a simple recipe for economic growth has failed.Getting Better, in sharp contrast, reports the good news about global progress. Economist Charles Kenny argues against development naysayers by pointing to the evidence of widespread improvements in health, education, peace, liberty--and even happiness.Kenny shows how the spread of cheap technologies, such as vaccines and bed nets, and ideas, such as political rights, has transformed the world. He also shows that by understanding this transformation, we can make the world an even better place to live.That's not to say that life is grand for everyone, or that we don't have a long way to go. But improvements have spread far, and, according to Kenny, they can spread even further.

Foreword to the Paperback Edition
Prologue
Abandoning Hope
The Bad News: Diverging Incomes
The Worse News: It's Hard to Raise Growth Rates
The Good News: The End of the Malthusian Trap
The Better News: The Great Convergence in Quality of Life
The Great News: The Best Things in Life Are Cheap
Drivers of the Better Life: Innovation and Ideas
Policies for Quality of Life
The Global Agenda
Conclusion: Realistic Optimism
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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