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Escape from Empire The Developing World's Journey Through Heaven and Hell

ISBN-10: 0262513153

ISBN-13: 9780262513159

Edition: 2007

Authors: Alice H. Amsden, A. Amsden

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List price: $32.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Heaven Can't Wait
Two American empires, one presiding after World War II, onepresiding from 1980 to the present, gave rise to dramatically different growth rates in the developing world�a Golden Age and a Dark Age.
Where the Sun Never Sets, and Wages Never Rise
Prewar colonial empires are lauded for their spread of civilization, but manufacturing experience was acquired by only a dozen late developers, mainly in Japan's orbit.
Trading Earth for Heaven
In the First American Empire, developing countries were allowed to follow their own development paths, as long as they stayed clear of communism.
Angel Dust
Foreign aid failed as a lever of growth because it was �tied� ... it was corrupt ... and it was ill conceived...
Gift of the Gods
The fathers of Third World independence understood somebig things, about the �imperialism of free trade� andpopular mass support for decent jobs
They devised original policies to promote the substitution of imports for domestic production.
The Light of the Moon
The experimental policies that were responsible for bringing most of the developing world into the modern age were grounded in �performance standards,� a set of norms and institutions that increased the efficiency of state intervention.
Dien Bien Phu: Knowledge Is Eternal
The First American Empire perished in Vietnam because it lacked the information, know-how, and experimentation in which savvy developing countries specialized.
To Hell in a Straw Basket
War, oil, Japanese competition, and an expansionary Wall Street brought the Second American Empire to power, with its unshakable faith in free markets
America's Fatwas
Ideas about development changed from innovative to ideological; a �Washington consensus� determined what developing countries could and couldn't do
Only Asia went its own way and took the world by surprise
The Devil Take the Hindmost
Gaps in income between and within countries widened
Equal income distribution became recognized as one of the most important factors behind development, but laissez-faire was powerless to help
Great Balls of Fire
Great Balls of Fire emerged�China, India, and other awakening giants. If the giants prosper, the Second American Empire will no longer enjoy absolute power
Can it adjust?
Notes
Bibliography
Index