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How Rich Countries Got Rich And Why Poor Countries Stay Poor

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  145 ratings  ·  17 reviews
У цій книжці норвезький вчений Ерік Райнерт намагається витлумачити природу багатства одних країн та бідності інших. Думаю це свіже видання “Темпори” наштовхне не одного із читачів і на більш приземлені, особисті роздуми.
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Published (first published January 1st 2005)
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Simon Wood

Erik Reinert hits the nail on the head in this well written, historically aware criticism of the Neo-Liberal Washington Consensus that has become the global orthodoxy over the last 40 odd years. In short free trade between nations at different stages of development is a form of "asymmetrical warfare" that attends to the interests of those already developed. Countries who have developed do so by protecting their economies and only gradually opening t
"Since anyone who criticizes the entire system of others has a duty to replace them with an alternative of his own, containing principals that provide a more felicitous support for the totality of effects to be explained, we shall extend our meditation further in order to fulfill this duty." ~ Giambattista Vico, La Scienza nuova, 1725.
Shyam Sundar
This book is one of the most important books ever written on contemporary economic theory. Reinert's basic argument is this: for a country to create wealth, the best method is to develop its manufacturing sector. He argues that such a policy creates synergies between different industries, and leads to innovation in both manufacturing and agriculture. According to him, a new manufacturing sector that has come up due to an innovation creates a market with increasing returns, whereas agriculture is ...more
Everything I was never able to articulate about what is wrong with straight economic theory Reinert puts into words.
best book to beat free trade bullshit
Great book for understanding how countries can emerge as industrial powers. Powerful argument in favour of heterodox economic policies and against neo-liberal/orthodox policies for development.

Less one star because by the very nature of the book the view is one sided. However the merit of the book is that it's views tend to go against the mainstream so it's a thought provoking and important book to better understand how countries can move up the value chain and become richer.
Another book for the university. It's about global economy or economic development which I find hard and so not my field.

However this was the best one of all of those I had to read for this course. The final is taken and the book is finished.

This author and economist is basically showing us that we have the methods to help poor countries and people to live a richer life (not talking consuming like a crazy person, but you know EATING, having clean WATER, living a SAFE life, you know that thing
Nicky Lamond
It answered the question (ie the title) and introduced me to some new concepts. It was quite repetitive. I'll dip back into it do doubt from time to time but I felt the author could have made more of an impact if it was written more succinctly, though they need to include as many references and examples as possible to argue their case, it could have been 'tidier'.
I.L. Williams
An analysis that explains the world we live in quite well. If more people used history to unravel these sorts of mysteries, we might make more progress toward a better world.
Olia Vorozhbyt
When you live in a 3rd world country, it's a necessary reading for understanding why everything is difficult and for an inspiration too. Outstanding intellectual reading
This book is OK. This is a rather long rejection of neoclassical economic epistemology as it is practiced by the IMF. I dont disagree, but the argument seems old, and is rehashes old arguments. Such as the author's dissertation, which is given extensive treatment, though it is about 30 years old. I digress. The basic argument, to spare you 300 pages, is that the West developed with highly interventionist states, and protected economies - in conditions that do not at all resemble the blueprints g ...more
Good ideas but poorly written.
plenty of valuable information but the book loses a star for making too many repetitive attacks against textbook neoclassical economics, particularly david ricardo's comparative advantage.. overall I dont think it is well written but his arguments are spot on.. an important contribution to the ongoing debate between free trade & protectionism.. one that favours protectionism and a gradual move towards free trade..
Ethan Jacobs
- It made me mad and it made me think. This book is another example that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it... or not repeat it, in the case of historical successes.
Gari, mokoši, vietām ļoti interesanti un vērtīgi. Kam par ekonomiku nav padziļinātu zināšanu/intereses, grāmata var šķist grūti "sagremojama", tomēr ir vērts lasīt.
I liked the book, though I disagree with the main point that mainstream economists somehow "don't get it".
Interesting book, it opens your eyes.
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