The Plundered Planet: Why We Must - and How We Can - Manage Nature for Global Prosperity

Paperback | October 6, 2011

byPaul Collier

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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 theworld'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. ThePlundered 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 thatacknowledges 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.

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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 theworld's poorest populations to confront the g...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 6, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Natural DisorderPart I: Boom at the Bottom1. Going, Going, Gone2. The Scramble for Africa, Mark 23. Bonanza: Hunky Dory or Humpty Dumpty?Part II: Slash and Burn4. The Breakdown of Custodianship5. Carbon Emissions and the Decline in Food Supply6. Asian Growth and the Increase in Food DemandPart IV: Restoring Natural Order7. Handing the Planet On8. Facing the Food Crisis9. Old Morality and New RomanticismConclusionsNotesIndex

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"Paul Collier has written with great insight about the prospects of the bottom billion. In The Plundered Planet, he addresses himself to the complex opportunities, challenges and risks in managing the planet's natural resources. The bottom billion have a huge stake and an important role in theoutcomes. Collier helps us see these issues through their eyes." --Michael Spence, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics